Clearly what Arizona school kids need is Lawman Steven Seagal and the Incredible Hulk to roam the school perimeter, keeping bad guys at bay:
Maricopa County, AZ’s notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Thursday that he will deploy an armed “posse” to guard about 50 local grade schools, middle schools, and high schools, following the NRA’s controversial playbook for limiting gun violence.
“I have the authority to mobilize private citizens and fight crime in this county,” Arpaio said.
“We’re not talking about placing the posse in the schools right now but in the outlying — the perimeters of the school — to detect any criminal activity,” he added.
Arpaio has long used his 3,000 member volunteer posse — which includes actors Steven Seagal, Lou Ferrigno, and Peter Lupus — to supplement his legally questionable law enforcement efforts.
By eschewing common-sense gun control efforts in favor of arming Steven Seagal and posting him outside of an elementary school, Sheriff Joe is bringing the NRA’s philosophy that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” to its ridiculous logical conclusion.
“I support arming cops in the schools,” Arpaio said. “If you have a cop that’s armed you don’t need a teacher that’s armed.”
Sounds totally reasonable to me.
Never mind that Sheriff Joe has been accused of human rights violations and other nefarious shenanigans, including forcing prison inmates to sing for food and listen to Christmas music day in and day out, sending SWAT teams and tanks to bust brown people, and arresting brown 6-year-olds.
Oh, and he accepted a “law and order” award from a white supremacist group, too.
These are the sorts of people who want to turn our schools into armed fortresses rather than talk about sensible gun regulation.
I mean, really.
[via National Memo][cross-posted at ABLC]