FONTANA, Calif, - The semiautomatic rifles look like they belong in a war zone instead of a suburban public school, but officials in this Los Angeles-area city say the high-powered weapons now in the hands of school police could prevent a massacre. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December — a week before the Connecticut school shooting. Over the holiday break, the district´s 14 school police officers received 40 hours of training on the rifles.
Comments: Article reports that other Southern California school districts have been doing this for several years.
It´s a good idea to read the article. This is a pretty straightforward account of how some California school districts have handled placing firearms in the hands of campus law enforcement. How the programs work, where the weapons are stored (they are not stored on campus, but at the main police office - in a locked safe), how the officers are trained, how the weapons are checked to the officers, etc.
There is one part about concerns by parents and students about armed personnel on campus. But it is not emphasized and that is not the direction this article takes.
This illustrates how school districts HAVE been preparing for something they hope will never happen.
You don´t hear reports of massacres inside inner city schools despite their being in the most dangerous, violent neighborhoods in the country. They have armed guards inside the schools. The kids may be SOL outside or they may get shanked or beaten or any other number of vicious assaults, but you don´t see the massacres that suburban kids are subjected to.
A ten year-old who can handle a .22 rimfire bolt-gun can handle an AR style platform instinctively. Note the ´high-power" buzzword designed to influence the ignorant. They are not considered large enough to humanely hunt deer in many states - used for varmints, coyotes and feral hogs mostly.
But they are safe at the police station - so they´ll never be of any use. in an event that calls for them all the victims will be gone before the first officer arrives at the station to "sign out" his Colt.
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The headline is a statement to, not a quote from Boehner, but it was worth the deception to make the point. President Obama has been given so much slack by an enabling Washington D.C. media, that Obama is now hanging onto the rope to avoid falling into the abyss. The fawning media who placed all their political bets on his success, is unwilling to admit publicly (and perhaps even privately) what they know in their brains but unwilling to let their heart in on: Obama is and always was a phony.
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