The solution by the state: Put metal detectors at the capitol entrances. The state Preservation Board signed off on that move yesterday, with Gov. Rick Perry the lone dissenter.
The problem with the solution: The shots were actually fired outside. Metal detectors won't stop that. And from a practical standpoint, during peak periods of entrance and egress, large crowds will be waiting to get through the metal detectors so the "solution" would give the shooter more targets. Genius, huh?
I hate this decision. Someone fires off shots outside, but does DPS beef up security patrols outside the capitol as a result? Hell no, they recommend focusing more resources inside the doorway and creating more outdoor targets. It's a non-solution which won't address the problem that inspired it, akin to being attacked by folks in Afghanistan and responding by invading Iraq.
Lt. Governor David Dewhust said this was the "only option" in light of recent events, but that's not remotely true. It's not even an option that's responsive to the particular situation that inspired it.
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