Ron Avery has a good blog post over at PoliceOne.com regarding the Newtown, Connecticut killing. Here is an excerpt.
For years, the grand social experiment of “zero tolerance” for school violence has been championed as a way to reduce school violence.
Creating “gun free” zones, expelling all participants in fistfights; even when clearly a case of self-defense, has created a culture of “victim by belief and by choice.”
It has made people helpless to act decisively in cases where the use of force was clearly justified. It has disempowered them and taken away their confidence that they can really handle themselves when violence is imminent. It has also opened the door to these killers.
What I am saying is that the policy of zero tolerance for any sort of perceived violence must stop and the righteous use of force as a legitimate deterrence to violence must be recognized.