Bad People Do Bad Things, Christie Says About Newtown Shooting
The healing continues in Newtown, Connecticut after 20 young children and several adults were killed in last week's school shooting massacre.
Parents and children across the Garden State have been understandably upset and on-edge, even though officials have been offering assurance that everything is being done to safeguard our schools here.
During this evening's edition of Ask The Governor, Governor Chris Christie said security protocols are being reviewed but we need to remember that things like this may be hard to stop.
"There was a lock on these doors," Christie says. "You needed to be buzzed in to this school - he shot the door open, came in when people heard the crash, the principal and school psychologist came out to see it - he killed them both and then went on his way to kill a whole bunch of other people.
"Bad people do bad things," Christie said. "Disturbed people do bad things. And unless we have an armed guard outside of every classroom ... it may be hard to stop."
The Governor also said, "I've got 3 kids in school here in New Jersey, and my stomach dropped the same way every parent's stomach dropped when you heard that news...I just got sick to my stomach - but I also as Governor don't want to give people false assurances either."
Christie says the truth is it's very difficult to stop someone who's determined to sacrifice their life in order to kill someone else. "We do live in some sense of fear after an event like this."
Earlier this week, Anthony Bland, the State Coordinator of the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning said, "We need to continue to have target-hardening approaches to school safety, so whether they're metal detectors, cameras, security guards, buzzers, those are the processes, but they will not eliminate violence and crime and the evil that took place, but they do deter."
He also said, "Safe is a broad term, but I think our schools are prepared to respond and recover from incidents such as the one that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. Preparedness and being safe is about making sure that teachers, students and community members understand what they need to do and what their roles are in New Jersey schools."
State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa, during a press conference in Camden yesterday, said the tragedy in Connecticut was partially responsible for the success of a two-day gun buy-back program held at the end of last week.
"A number of people remarked as they brought their guns in," he said, "that they wanted these guns out of their house now. We're not going to simply throw up our hands and say the gun violence problem is too big. We're going to act, and we're going to innovate, and working together, we're going to continue to do everything in our power to make communities safer by getting guns off the streets."