The school system in Madison County, N.C., plans to put AR-15 rifles in emergency safes in each of its six schools as a part of a plan for enhanced security in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting earlier this year.
“We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safes in all of our schools in the county,” Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times. “We’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes.”
The breaching tools are intended to allow police to break down barricaded doors without having to wait for the fire department.
Harwood said that he wants to “make sure my deputies are prepared” in the event of a school shooting, especially after the Uvalde police failed to take down the shooter at Robb Elementary School for over an hour.
It would be better if at least some of the school staff had access to the safe rather than just the police. But, maybe they do and they just aren’t talking about it.
And even better would be if all the staff were allowed conceal carry. That isn’t far fetched as some states already allow something approximating that. And with the Buren decision, unless the schools have continuous armed guards, a case could be made that schools don’t qualify as “sensitive places” and carry must be permitted.
We live in interesting times.
Concealed carry staff is always the best. As you can only counter the element of surprise, with the element of surprise. And a mind-set of fighting to the death.
Dicken’s proved the theory. Time to implement it.
The government is always light-years behind the public. If a teacher at Uvalde would have done what Dicken’s did. Even illegally. What would have happened to them for doing so?
Kabuki Theatre BS. Nobody in the school will be allowed to have access to the safe. Responding officers won’t have the key/ combination. Huge delays will occur when the weapons are needed RIGHT EFFING NOW! No lives will be saved, much crowing about “we did something” WILL happen. Don’t almost ALL patrol level officers have long guns with them in their vehicles these days. Ever since the North Hollywood bank robbery/shoot out giving field officers rifles as part of their equipment is SOP. An if this jurisdiction doesn’t have them I’d be asking WHY THE HELL NOT.
So the plan is to have a safe loaded with guns and ammo in a building that is largely unoccupied from about 3PM to 8 AM?
Can anyone say “attractive nuisance”?
What the public doesn’t know is that the blue enclaves mandated, in the mid 90’s, that no one with a gun background be hired onto the police forces. The possible exception to this would be the demand that former military be given priority in hiring. However, just because someone was in the military doesn’t mean they had any real experience with small arms. In most branches, trigger pullers are a very small minority.
If you watch any police videos you will see virtually no use of long guns, even when they are warned about a serious situation before arriving. They spend almost all their limited training time using handguns, so they are not comfortable resorting to any other weapon, and it shows. NO police force spends enough money to get recruits really good with guns. Eliminating from hiring anyone who already is competent, and may enjoy shooting, is why the hit percentages of cops here in the US barely manages to get into double digits, and the best only reaches 25%. That force requires a MONTHLY range visit to maintain their patrol qualification, and those cops bitch about having to show up, and wait until the end of the month to comply. Most cops only do it once a year, and the majority of cops only practice when being paid to do so and have their ammo supplied.
Police academies are normally located in big cities, and those tend to be liberal cities, so even conservative cop shops may have their recruits filtered by this mindset.
Another practice, that might actually be found in writing, is the possible ban on hiring those with a higher than average IQ (the Supreme Court okayed this). The thinking was that smart people would get bored with being a cop, and leave early, costing the agency the time and effort to hire and train them. That ruling happened about the same time as the unofficial gun culture ban.