Arizona Looking At Plan To Arm Principals

Arizona House Of Reps

In response to the massacre in Newtown Connecticut, Arizona’s Attorney General is looking at a plan to arm principals or one employee in every school.  In a news release, Attorney General Tom Horne said, “The ideal solution would be to have an armed police officer in each school, But budget cuts have limited the number of Arizona schools with “school resource officers”.  He continued, the “next best solution,”is to have one person in the school trained to handle firearms, to handle emergency situations, and possessing a firearm in a secure location.”  While there will many people who object to this type of response, it is the proper measure.  Children are surrounded by guns, whether in the street, a bank or an airport.  Sheltering our kids is certainly not the answer and in this case, ignorance does not equate to bliss.  Someone needs to protect our kids against someone with bad intentions and this is the only way to do it.  Even if all assault rifles and large capacity magazine clips were banned, a six-shooter revolver, can still kill.  A knife can injure and kill.  Just in the past week, a man with a knife injured twenty-two children outside a primary school in central China.  Should we ban all knives?  Armed and trained school personnel is not only intelligent, it should be mandatory.  As Wayne LaPierre stated, “the only way to stop a bad man with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun”.  In the proposed plan, the principal or one designated employee, would receive “training in the use of firearms and how to handle emergencies such as that which occurred in Newtown.”  The release continues to explain that, “The designated individual (no more than one per school) would then be authorized to keep a firearm locked in a secure place, and would have adequate communication to be alerted to an emergency in any part of the school.”  The plan is backed by several of Arizona’s sheriffs and will be proposed by the Republican Senator in the state house.  Just knowing that he might face some resistance, a potential lunatic might think twice.  But even if it doesn’t, parents should sleep better knowing that their child has some level of protection should someone with bad intentions enter their child’s school.  It’s not a sad state of affairs, it’s simply common sense and dealing with the realities of living in today’s world.  For those who think our innocence is being stolen from us, fifty years ago children lived with being abused and women who were raped were questioned about what they did to bring it on themselves.  The world is in fact a better place than it was back then and armed principals won’t change that.

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