Secure Fayette Schools: Legalize liquor and use the tax revenue to fund school security

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There has been an uptick in mass shootings, specifically in schools, across the country. The federal and state governments are doing what they do and partisan gridlock has prevented the passage of any meaningful legislation. These incidents are going to continue to occur unless someone does something about them. 

Fannin County, Georgia recently passed legislation to arm teachers. This, in my opinion, is a flawed plan and a half-measure. It is not fair to expect teachers, many of whom make around $40,000 a year, to pay for personal weapons. Nor is it safe to increase the number of guns in untrained hands. A teacher will inevitably leave the gun in a bathroom, or set it down for a second, and by the time a student takes it and uses it no amount of punishment for that teacher’s negligence will bring a child back to life. This is an attempt to offload the cost of our children’s security away from government and onto individual teachers who have more important things to worry about. By all means, allow them to carry if they are licensed, but we can not expect teachers to carry this burden alone. 

Courthouses, government buildings, police stations, and even some hospitals all have metal detectors and armed guards. Why would we not protect our children the same way? These people should be well-trained police officers or veterans who know what they are doing. Require them to be in great physical shape, as these people would be tasked with defending our children. We should protect our schools the same way that we protect our other government institutions. These should be trained, dedicated security personnel whose job is solely to protect our students. 

To pay for this, I propose that we lift the ban on liquor sales in Fayetteville and direct sales tax revenue from alcohol sales toward it. This could present a problem, as schools are funded at the county level and the liquor ban exists at the city level. This could be mitigated, possibly, through lifting the ban at the city level while pushing County Representatives to direct County-Wide Alcohol Revenue toward school security. 

Our ban on liquor sales is hurting us. I’m sure that the original idea was that restricting sale would keep people from developing alcohol problems, but in practice all it does is force the citizens of Fayetteville to drive to Riverdale or Peachtree City to buy their alcohol. In turn, this is revenue that Riverdale and PTC are receiving that could stay in the city of Fayetteville and could be directed towards making our schools safer.