What is the difference between a National Guardsman and a Green Beret? What is the difference between a "armed guard" and a trained gunfighter? While performers in the political theater are calling for armed guards in schools, few if any are aware of the special circumstances involved in just about all of the massacres carried out by heavily armed, suicidal psychopaths who have carfefully planned to deal with "armed guards," if necessary. What the anti-gun demagogues don't realize is with few exceptions an "armed guard" is either a rusty old retired cop who never drew his weapon on or off duty and who had a few hours of routine training at the firearms range once or twice a year, or some ordinary indlividual with no special capabilities who took a four hour course at a civilian pistol range to qualify for a carry permit and is barely able to put four out of six hits on a paper target at twenty feet. An "armed guard" is a guy with a visible gun whose main purpose is to discourage the average low-level hold-up or unarmed troubemaker. Dealing with a heavily armed psychopath calls for well-practiced skill with firearms and the kind of repetitive mental conditioning which enables reflexively competent responses to threatening firearms encounters. In other words, trained gunfighters who react automatically and effectively rather than freeze and need to think about what to do when confronted. Such individuals have special capabilities to begin with, they are extremely well trained, and they require constant practice to remain readily responsive. Put an ordinary "armed guard" in a school and he will be the first casualty of the next suicidal shooter.