~So, this is the letter I sent to our President, Congressman Mike Honda and Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Gov. Brown, CA, other politicians and even the head of the NSA. I don't know what kind of response I will get, if any at all. I'll hope for the best. My heart is aching for the families in CT, I've got two elementary school age children, and their school could have just as easily been the one. I think, if there was a police trained dog on their campus, I would feel that much safer. I don't know how other parents would react, but something has got to be done, right? Any way thanks for taking the time to read this, I appreciate it. Feel Free to pass along the idea if you agree. ~
Dear (Mr. President, Senator Boxer , Congressman Mike Honda, Gov. Brown, etc.)
"AS OF TUESDAY , DEC 4, A BILL HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE US HOUSE AND SENATE THAT DECLARES THAT OUR MILITARY WORKING DOGS OF ALL BREEDS WILL NO LONGER BE CLASSIFIED
AS "MILITARY EQUIPMENT" TO BE LEFT BEHIND IN FOREIGN LANDS...BUT AS MILITARY VETERANS. THESE DOGS NOW WILL BE RETURNING TO LACKLAND AFB , FOR THEIR SERVICES AS US HEROES. THEY WILL BE EVALUATED, AND RETRAINED AND REHOMED IF NEEDED. WE NOW AWAIT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SIGNATURE TO MAKE THIS LAW. WE AS DOG LOVERS ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL TO THE CONGRESS FOR DOING WHAT HAS BEEN LONG..OVERDUE.
I have an idea. I think it's a good idea. I would hope that as a nation of people who want to honor our Veterans who return home, many without a place to go, that this idea might serve everyone for a good cause.
In the wake of the Tragedy in Newtown, CT, many folks are calling for stricter gun control, while I agree with this, I don't believe it will be, and can be the answer. My idea rose as I walked my two dogs and thought about this new bill that has passed by the House and Senate.
What about training these Veterans and their dogs to protect our Children in Public Schools? Police Canines have proven time and time again their individual loyalty and overwhelming eagerness to protect those whom they are specially trained to defend. It would create jobs not only for the Veterans, who would most undoubtedly be willing to help, but the dogs themselves would be a valuable asset for the lives of many.
So many of our Veterans have families of their own, and I would believe they empathize with not only the families of Connecticut, but of all families who have endured the senseless massacres in recent history.
If one canine and its handler were available at the time of such horrible acts in our schools, it may not be that the perpetrator is stopped completely, but it would give school staff valuable time until Police & Authorities arrive on the scene. Maybe not every public school would adopt this notion, but it's worth a try, if taken seriously, it could in the long run, save lives.
It's a thought, an idea. I wrote this idea on some Facebook posts, and one person called me nuts. I don't think it's nuts. But I don't know where to start putting this idea out. I hope that you consider this, and pass it on to those who might listen.
Mrs. Karen French
San Jose, CA