Arizona's attorney general, Tom Horne, was a political climber who had dreams of becoming governor until a story broke in the desert press involving Horne, a lady friend, and him driving away from the scene of an accident. Today he announced his plan today for making Arizona's schools safer. Horne, who is also the most recent state superintendent of public instruction, doesn't want to put a cop in every school because that would be too expensive, but, being a good Republican, he does get a bit moist thinking about the glory of having an armed response to an armed intruder down at the local pre-school.
Tom Horne is recommending that each school have a designated shooter, a faculty member with a gun - and training in how to use it. He is opposed to having multiple teachers armed in each school, and if a school already has its own assigned policeman, then there would not be a need for a faculty shooter at all.
So Mr. Horne is sort of genuflecting to the National Rifle Association, a move that would probably insure some NRA cash if he ultimately decides that Arizonans have the memory span of gnats and a gubernatorial run appears possible in 2014.
When asked about practical things like limiting the size of ammunition clips, he clammed up tighter than Mitt Romney on tax day - choosing only to say that things like that were under the purview of the legislature. Well, Tom, so is placing a teacher-shooter in every school, but you felt obliged to rattle your gums when you were in agreement with an NRA position. How very tactful (and political) of you.
All of our politicians need to man up and state their positions on automatic weapons and monster clips.
If guns make us safer, logic should dictate that the more guns we have, the safer we will be. But before we pack the schools with good-intentioned, gun-toting adults, let's try that theory out on airplanes. Surely a hundred armed passengers could keep them evil terrorists under control!
Okay, arming airplane passengers is dangerous nonsense - much like the Horne and NRA plans for schools.