Well, this raises an interesting question.

Gloria Padilla, in the San Antonio Express-News:

Over the last several years, some of San Antonio’s larger school district police departments have been quietly adding assault weapons, often referred to as long rifles by law enforcement officials, to their weaponry, and now some of the smaller school districts are doing it too….

The growing number of assault weapons in school police arsenals is alarming. Regrettably, there are few safeguards to ensure officers who handle these high-powered rifles get the training they need to handle them or that the school districts have implemented strict policies on their use, especially in some dysfunctional school districts.

And that question is: What exactly is to be feared here? It strikes me that this is an offshoot of the same argument that is used whenever the discussion of armed individuals in schools comes up. Dysfunctional school districts? What exactly is Padilla afraid is going to happen here — that the police in said districts might use their weapons to subdue generally unruly kids? If they’re going to do that then maybe they shouldn’t be police officers in the first place. And you’d think people like that would get screened out of the process anyway. If they’re not, well, that’s an indictment on police procedures in general — which is a lot bigger problem than cops merely having access to semiautomatic rifles on the job. And in that case, focusing on the guns is a fool’s errand.

But then, it usually is. And that would explain so much about why people do it.

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5 Responses to “Well, this raises an interesting question.”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    To the best of my knowledge, school district police are TCLEOSE-certified LEOs the same as the other twenty thousand police agencies in SA. I can generally get behind a good militarization of the police conversation. They ought to be no better-armed than the gangbangers they’re policing at school. The guys at Sam Houston should probably be given a Ma Deuce; the rest can make do with handguns.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      I can generally get behind a good militarization of the police conversation.

      Well, when you put it like that…

      I didn’t think about it from that perspective, to be honest. It struck me that GP was just fretting about the police having guns, period.

    • 3boxesofbs Says:

      I can generally get behind a good militarization of the police conversation. They ought to be no better-armed than the gangbangers they’re policing at school.

      The problem is so many of the Law Enforcement want a.) to be better armed then the rest of the population, b.) want to have a monopoly on said armament and c.) view their position not as servants of the people but enforcers of the government will.

  2. 3boxesofbs Says:

    especially in some dysfunctional school districts.

    Hey Gloria — here is a novel idea; why not focus on what is making the ‘school districts’ dysfunctional…I’ll bet dollars to donuts it isn’t the police.

    How about focusing on the kids and the parents of the kids in this districts.

    And help me understand why it is acceptable for the police to carry and if need be shoot someone with a ‘low powered’ weapon but it is disturbing for the to carry an Semi-Automatic rifle. It’s almost as if you are reacting to the inanimate object instead of objectively thinking about the issue.

    • GomeznSA Says:

      Agree completely with the ‘dysfunctional’ comment. Exactly what makes them that way? Are they not supporting ‘common core’ or something?
      As to the types of weapons carried by the constabulary (at any level) do we as a society want our men and women in uniform to be less well armed than their potential foes (who btw would NOT hesitate to gun down an unarmed or under armed officer or citizen who gets in their way)? Or should they be so well armed that they can crush any legitimate civil disobedience at the mere whim of the gummint? Difficult question to answer properly………….

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