A New Series: School Safety & Security

Are we any closer to a solution regarding targeted school violence?  The marches, media, anger, fear, hatred have all but settled for some.  The families and loved ones still grieving will most likely never feel whole again.  Is more security the answer or fewer guns?  To many this is a straightforward answer, however, as time has shown us, the question and answer are complicated.  America has long been tormented by differing opinions and resistance to change.  At least on the surface.  Over our rocky history, we have tackled such controversial issues as Women's Rights, Equal Treatment, Civil Rights, and the list goes on.  So why then do we find ourselves reluctant to have an amicable discussion on the topic of protecting our children?  

So why then is it remarkably difficult for us as Americans to agree on what direction we ought to go in protecting our children?  Should not our children be one of our highest priorities?
— Justin Viens, CEO, 53 Strategic


You see, fundamentally we as American's have been granted incredible and unique protection through a series of documents.  An unalienable set of rights.  The documents are more respectively known as our US Constitution.  The living breathing document of who we are and what we each are provided as Americans. Defined by the careful construction of words, our forefathers laid the foundation for what continues to breathe life into our nation.  For without our constitution, we surely would not have accomplished the marvelous things we have in our bright young past. Sadly we cannot ignore, that very same past brought us down a very dark path as well.  And yet, we overcame the adversity.  So why then is it remarkably difficult for us as Americans to agree on what direction we ought to go in protecting our children?  Should not our children be one of our highest priorities?  Surely we can all agree our children are legitimately our future, correct?  In the heat of battle, we tend to carry our emotions so all can see, feel, and hear, yet we miss the essential point.  What is our plan to protect our children?  In a series titled "Security for our Schools," we will address these issues and provide what we believe at 53 Strategic to be a solution; rather than more dissonance, ridicule, or any other discussion that detracts from getting to the heart of our children' safety.  We will address the physical security aspects However, we will also take on more significant responsibility and approach the issue of human behavioral and criminal behavior surrounding targeted school violence.  This very topic is mostly ignored yet in our professional opinion the most important.

We need to become earnest regarding responsibility and put in place viable safety measures that preserve our children.
— Justin Viens, CEO, 53 Strategic

Now, with all of that said, we must concede that one concept in of itself will never be the end of all solutions.  No, we must address this issue in a more critically thought out arrangement and recognize it is complicated.  Only then can we begin to see the patterns that will ultimately provide the venue for our solutions.  History has shown us there is no single answer to our problem of violence in this country.  Nevertheless, we must begin to move forward if we desire to prevent the next tragedy.  We need to become earnest regarding responsibility and put in place viable safety measures that preserve our children.  Harmonizing beyond party lines and take back our ability to work together as American people again.  If we cannot put aside our differences, we won't have a future of differences to agree or disagree.