Sorry Internet, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick Was Exactly Right About Fewer School Entrances

Sen. Ted Cruz, second from left, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, second from right, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, right, speak at a press conference in the wake of a school shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


This high school has multiple entrances. This prevented any type of positive access controls and allowed the shooter to walk into the building. This is what Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick had to say:

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blamed Friday’s massacre at a high school near Houston in part on “too many entrances and too many exits” on the campus, prompting some to mock his perspective as “door control.”

“From what we know, this student walked in … with a long coat and a shotgun under his coat,” said Patrick, a Republican who has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. “It’s 90 degrees. Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would have been stopped.”

But the low wattage crowd got ahold of this and it was off to the races:

This is weapons grade douchebaggery. Controlling access and egress is a very basic security precaution. I work in a building with 1200 employees. How many entrances do we have? Two. Just two. Those are positively controlled with card readers, turnstiles, metal detectors and armed guards. We probably have a dozen exits, but the doors don’t have exterior handles and alarms ring when they are opened. Every employee and visitor is identified, if appropriate, they are searched. But if an emergency situation happens there are more than ample ways out of the building.

That is what Lieutenant Governor Patrick was talking about. This is not rocket science. This is a basic tenet of modern school construction (my daughter’s middle school has exactly one entrance). It is only mysterious to politically obsessed ninompoops.

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