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Should Assault Rifles be Allowed in Schools?


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Utah is arming its school police with assault rifles. The police chief says the weapons will help in “rapid response” situations. But what happens if the weapons end up in the wrong hands? Are high-powered weapons the answer, or should schools spend money on other security measures like hiring more police?  Should these officers be equipped for all scenarios? Will parents feel nervous over AR-15 rifles being in their children’s schools, or will it help them feel more secure?

I discussed this topic on Fox 26 Houston with Sharon Washington and Karen Townsend. Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  1. I used to carry a rifle to protect a school. Granted, at the time, I was a soldier-medic in the U.S. Army deployed in Kosovo.

      • I think it will vary from state to state. I personally can see it deter a sane, boundaries – respecting person who was not a threat in the first place. However, the real that is someone who has no such boundaries. Most damage/kills can be done before an armed response can be mounted. Shooting back sounds great and looks great in the movies, but bullets do not magically hone in on the bad guy and not harm anyone near or behind the target. Assault weapons are overkill and cannot replace a vigilant system involving a comprehensive response and prevention strategy. This parent says I am all for gun rights but a school is no place for an arms race.