Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio's School Patrols: Publicity Stunt, or Legitimate Plan?

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out some details of his response to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, which involves armed, volunteer members of his posse patrolling some Valley schools.

The power of the posse members is limited, as they're not actual cops -- a point illustrated in the late '90s by Comedy Central, and again explored a few days ago by Stephen Lemons.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio Releases List of Posse-Patrolled Schools, Talks Publicity Stunts
-Joe Arpaio's Posse: The COPS Episode (Kind of)
-Joe Arpaio's School-Patrolling Posse Not POST Certified; I.E., They Ain't Cops
-Joe Arpaio's Posse People Starting Armed School Patrols; Which Schools Yet Unknown

So, what's the point? Maybe, just maybe, a posse member could stop a school massacre while making laps around a school in a patrol car.

Then there's the distinct possibility that this is a publicity stunt.

"Let's say it is," Arpaio said, while standing in front of a gigantic MCSO van, parked outside an Anthem elementary school. "I want everyone to know what we're doing out here."

Arpaio continued, "You could say everything I do is a publicity stunt."

So, do you think this is a legitimate plan to stop school shootings, or just a publicity stunt?

Cast your vote below:

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