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December 17, 2012

Police Chief talks guns, more security in schools

CHICKASHA — If you expect law enforcement to protect you from a gunman during an attack like the one that happened last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, you are being unrealistic, Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson explained.

Adamson has been a police officer for over 20 years and a few months ago became the new police chief in Chickasha.

"There is a very simple mathematical equation which proves that fact," Adamson wrote in a column for KGYN radio's website. "The time it takes to dial 9-1-1 is greater than the time needed for an attacker to fire multiple rounds."

Adamson wrote his original column after the movie theater shootings in Aurora. Calling the police merely gets the wheels rolling Adamson explained.

"If you consider how long before an officer actually arrives at the location, you can begin to comprehend the staggering amount of carnage that could be created by a gunman during the wait," he said.

Adamson explained how he feels very strongly about safety on campuses, especially local schools.

"I may feel that way because I have taken a few guns away from students," Adamson said. "Including from one young man after he fired a few rounds into the air to make his presence known to a crowd."

In a recent column written by Adamson, he restated his views on guns and the protection schools need.

"I know that people want schools to be violence free," Adamson said. "However, an old axiom comes to mind, 'You can't always get what you want.' No amount of legislation, no amount of good intentions, and no amount of want will prevent violence from happening if someone chooses to be deadly."

Adamson paints the picture of citizens being allowed to protect themselves in places like Walmart, but they can't protect their kids and theirselves at their children's school.

"The inability to legally carry a weapon for protection on school property when it can be carried for protection at other places, flies in the face of logic to me," Adamson said.

The solution Adamson agrees with would change the whole dynamic of safety in school.

"I want every school campus to have a School Resource Officer to help protect the students," Adamson explained. "I want schools to be protected ground where no one commits acts of violence."

Adamson looks toward the future and hopes the laws will change and better protect the citizens of Chickasha and the rest of the state.

"Hopefully an attack won't happen again at a school, but if it does, I hope another person whose only crime is possessing a gun, can protect themselves and others by killing the attacker," he said.

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