Guns save lives. This isn’t only the admission of gun-rights advocates, but it’s also that of Compton School Police Chief William Wu whose department recently acquired a haul of AR-15s for “specially-trained” patrol officers.
“Our objective is quite simple — we want to save lives,” Wu said, in a statement explaining the decision to obtain the rifles. “These rifles give us greater flexibility in dealing with a person with bad intent who comes onto any of our campuses.”
“The goal — as always — is ensuring safety and, as a department and as a school district, we are committed to achieving that goal,” Wu continued.
As it relates to school districts that have officers who have AR-15s in the trunks of their patrol cars in Southern California, Compton is actually late to the party. Los Angeles School Police as well as school officers in Santa Ana, Baldwin Park and Fontana have had semi-automatic weapons on hand for some time.
“We hope we never have to use them, but it’s one of those tools in place in case we do,” Scott Mesa, the police chief for the Fontana Unified School District, which has had ARs on hand for at least a year, told FoxNews.com. “It’s in the event of an emergency. It’s a tool of police work.”
Yet, while the law enforcement community stands behind the decision to increase its respective firepower, critics suggest that stricter gun-control measures would be more effective at stopping those that wish to perpetrate violence against school children and teens.
“There is no other free nation in the world that would even consider this,” said Ladd Everitt, from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “Why? Because they have tough gun laws on the books that make it impossible for clearly deranged individuals like James Holmes and Jared Loughner to legally (or easily) acquire firearms — and astronomically lower rates of gun death as a result.”
However, in the face of objections from the gun-control crowd, it seems that simple logic wins out:better to have em and not need em, than to need em and not have em.
From the debate in Fontana last year: