At first your point hit me. But I then gave your comparison some thought and here’s my take. Sorry.. this is going to be long.. Parkland vs. Covid? Apples to oranges. Parkland was a one-time occurrence in an emergency situation. He had the necessary equipment to handle it. Regarding Covid, let’s take the Parkland scenario, except let’s drag it out over months.. Week 1: one shooter and a fully equipped guard with bullet proof vest, firearm, etc. Week 2: two-three shooters and school administration takes his vest away. Week 4: ten shooters, administration replaces gun with hunting knife and won’t give vest back due to ongoing supply shortages. And let’s talk about ongoing shortages.. The fact we have an unprecedented pandemic couldn’t have been foreseen. HOWEVER, it’s not as if there haven’t been warning signs in years prior that should have had hospitals, municipalities, states, and the government itself better prepared. Between epidemics, natural disasters, etc., there have been PLENTY of events that should have made us realize we need to be better prepared at all times.. not at the time of the disaster itself. Emergency planning 101 folks... Our government decided to go the opposite route having dismantled the Pandemic Task Force in 2018. CDC Timeline 2000s Going along with this, let’s say Parkland school authorities received word that an attack was in the works and would be happening sometime in the next month or two. After receiving the warning, administrators downplay it, even saying "it’s nothing to worry about….” And then it happens.. and it wasn’t just one shooter, but dozens... Who’s fault is it then? The lone guards for being out-manned, outgunned and under-equipped? Or maybe the higher ups who didn’t take it seriously and did nothing both prior to, and after the warning to prepare themselves and protect the students? Why is it some local hospitals here were proactive and had plans in place.. connections made prior with local business to retrofit their businesses to make healthcare supplies and have deep staffing so they truly can protect all of their workers and send those home if need be or not ask them to come back if still exhibiting symptoms. When business and/or government operate on a razors edge at all times, it doesn’t take much for the whole system to crash.. truly a house of cards. And let’s talk about nurses… Lately we’ve been getting “thank you for your service..” “we care about you and your safety” from management. Sure doesn’t feel that way. They care and protect us if possible, but if not, have no qualms throwing us in the fire for the “greater good”. They say how much they appreciate us in one breath, and in the next, threaten us with disciplinary action or termination if we speak up on an assignment that unsafe to us and/or the patient regarding potential Covid transmission. If quarantined, we have to use our own PTO. And here’s another kicker showing how “appreciated” we are.. Health care providers are excluded from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. As stated: “the FFCRA says that the DOL can ‘issue regulations for good cause . . . to exclude certain health care providers and emergency responders.’” Further stating “an employer of an employee who is a health care provider or an emergency responder can elect to exclude such employee from the application of the provisions in the amendments made [in] this Act.” We are being told we “signed up for this” as if we’re military, but we don’t get any of their benefits.. We don’t get to retire in our fifties with a full pension, we don’t get lifetime benefits after retirement, we don’t get a GI bill.. hell, we don’t even get military discounts or special healthcare worker rates. We also don’t get hazard pay the way the police here are (time and a half).. or even dialysis nurses (Double time, who by the way are told if the hospital they are visiting doesn’t have proper PPE, they don’t have to accept the assignment). Do I feel bad about my decision? Yes, and you’re post made me feel worse. But when I think about it, it’s because I feel I left my coworkers behind. If my health and safety were protected the way it should be (and is at other facilities), I’d be right there with them. Let me do my job safely and I’m there til the end. Throw me to the wolves and treat me like I’m expendable, not taking my health and those of my loved ones into account? I’m out.. Hopefully the next disaster (there will be others) will be prepared for better, but I doubt it.. because we gotta keep saving/making those dollars today and passing the buck. It’s just how business is done..