Arizona is jumping on the “armed personnel in school” bandwagon.
Attorney General of Arizona, Tom Horne, has submitted a proposal stating that he plans to arm one principal or employee at each school to defend against attacks such as Sandy Hook.
“The ideal solution would be to have an armed police officer in each school,” Attorney General Tom Horne said in a news release Wednesday. But budget cuts have limited the number of Arizona schools with “school resource officers” on campus, he said.
The “next best solution,” Horne said, “is to have one person in the school trained to handle firearms, to handle emergency situations, and possessing a firearm in a secure location.”
Educators are skeptical about the proposal, but Horne suggests that this plan will make schools safer, comparing the plan to the FAA’s program to arm planes after the 9/11 attacks.
According to Horne, a school would send the principal or other employee to a training session to learn how to safely use the firearms and how to handle emergency situations. The individual 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.
“This proposal presents a golden mean between two extremes,” Horne said. “One extreme is to allow all teachers to bring guns to school, which could create more dangers than it prevents. The other extreme is to do nothing, which everyone will regret if a preventable incident like Newtown would occur in the future.”
Well, not sure what one firearm will do when a man dressed for battle (with nothing to lose) brings assault rifles to mow down whoever is in his path. But I guess Arizona is going to give it a shot. No pun intended.