Friday, December 28, 2012
Another Deranged Arizona School-Safety Plan
by Pa Rock
Everybody in Arizona knows the best way to protect school children…just ask them. State Attorney General Tom Horne wants to train and arm one teacher per school. He would really like to have a cop in every school, but that would cost money and Tom, being a good Republican, has serious issues with spending money on public schools. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu wants to arm willing principals. And now the Big Kahuna himself, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has checked in with his hairball of a plan.
Old Joe, America’s dumbest and meanest sheriff, has a shameless group of uniformed cop-wannabes whom he calls his “posse.” They reportedly augment county policing functions without pay and armed with their own weapons. The publicity-hog sheriff said that he plans to start patrols outside of Maricopa County schools with members of his posse. Joe, being Joe, isn’t “proposing” this plan or asking anyone’s permission. He’s Joe Arpaio, so by God he’s just gonna do it!
It sounds like a plan George Zimmerman would love.
It also sounds like a recipe for disaster.
What’s next Arizona? How long before Governor Brewer issues “The Jan Plan” and proposes arming school bus monitors and crossing guards? Or lunch room supervisors? Or playground monitors? Or custodians? Or school nurses? The possibilities are almost endless.
Turning schools into armed camps is nuts. Arizona has practically no restrictions on who can own guns or where they may be carried. That is the problem that our esteemed politicians need to be addressing. We need to be moving forward into a brighter, saner future - not backward into the bloody muck of the OK Corral.