In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and The National Rifle Association’s recent proposal to have armed guards in place in every school in America, one Arizona sheriff announced Thursday his plan to have an armed volunteer posse available and put in place to protect students attending schools in the greater Phoenix area.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, also known as “the toughest sheriff in America” told KTVK-TV in Arizona that he has the authority to enlist the aid of private citizens to help fight crime.
Sheriff Arpaio, who’s already in the public spotlight for his high-profile support of a strict U.S.- Mexico border policy, said that he wouldn’t actually have armed guards positioned inside the schools, but have them armed, posted, and available around the perimeters of the schools.
Arpaio would be establishing his posse outside of approximately 50 schools in his county, within the week.
KPNX in Arizona quoted the sheriff as saying:
“Arpaio’s volunteers number about 3,000, with 300 to 400 carrying weapons. They log about 100 hours of training and undergo background checks, just like deputies”
Following the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn. where Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, and then shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary and proceeded to shoot and kill twenty 6- and 7-year-olds and six school staffers before putting a bullet in his own head, Arizona authorities have been proactively discussing their options for making their schools safer.
Officials across Arizona have been brain-storming and coming up with ideas for increasing school security, including one proposal from Ariz. Attorney General Tom Horne who wants one educator in each school to be trained in firearms operations.
Not to be outdone, Ariz. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu proposed training multiple school staffers per each school to carry firearms.
For more on Sheriff Arpaio’s plans, see the video accompanying this article.
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