“This is our objective—save lives, bottom line,” Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu told the city’s school board. The board has been told that select campus police officers will be allowed buy the rifles and keep them in their cars, in case of a mass shooting incident or terrorist attack.
“Everyone wants children safe. At this time, we as a community, we have to come together and find other ways. But in the interim, our police officers need to be equipped,” he said.
Wu went on to explain how handguns wouldn’t cut it when it comes to thwarting a killer armed to the hilt. “Handguns, you’d be lucky to hit accurately at 25 yards,” he said. Wu added that with a rifle in the right hands, you could strike at “50, 100 yards accurately.”
...The police chief and the mayor of the small city of Fontana, California, meanwhile, backed a controversial line item to order 14 AR-15 rifles in an effort to safeguard schools. The guns are to be stored in locked safes within the schools.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to have that, but it’s the best message we can send to anybody that thinks to harm our children,” said Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones. “The message we’re sending is…not here, not now, we’re prepared for you. And if you seek to harm our children, we will neutralize that threat and you will most likely be killed.”
What the hysterical author M.L. Nestel fails to inform the reader is that school shootings are down across America:
...the media’s understandable obsession with newsworthiness not only gives Americans a misimpression of what is happening to crime rates and mass killings, but it also encourages mass killers, who thrive on this attention. Reading the Santa Barbara killer’s manifesto, it is clear that he was just one more person who craved attention and felt he could get it by killing as many people as possible.
Unfortunately, these misimpressions caused by the media have real consequences. Legislation gets passed that disarms law-abiding citizens and makes attacks more likely.
I won't hold my breath waiting for Vocativ to issue a rebuttal from a real expert like John Lott.
Hat tip: BadBlue Gun News.