Worse Guns-in-School Plan: Joe Arpaio or Tom Horne?
In response to the shooting massacre of children in Newtown, Connecticut, some people back here in the desert have proposed their own methods of preventing that type of tragedy from occurring here.
For Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he's putting the armed geezers from his posse of volunteer deputies in schools, and for Attorney General Tom Horne, he's pushing for schools to allow one trained person to have access to a gun in case of an emergency.
Both plans have some fairly apparent flaws.
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As for Arpaio's plan, parents would have to hope that the alleged criminals in his posse -- like the guy who choked and tried to sexually assault his girlfriend a few years back, or the other one busted for cocaine possession -- aren't dispatched to their kid's school.
Under Horne's plan, the gun at the school -- which one person could use, if needed -- would be "locked in a secure place" until a situation came up that warranted a gun. It kind of seems like a goofy plan to prevent a mass shooting going on somewhere inside a school.
So, which plan sounds worse? Or, for the guns-in-schools advocates, which plan sounds second-best?
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