Just in case you had any questions left regarding the sanity of America.
KHOU 11 reports that a total of 10 different school district police departments received military surplus equipment, ranging from trucks, guns, and armor, all courtesy of the Department of Defense. In all, the listed departments received 64 M16 rifles, 18 M14 rifles, 25 automatic pistols, magazines capable of holding 4,500 rounds of ammunition, armor plating, tactical vests, and 15 surplus military vehicles.
No word on automated locks, self-heating floors, electrified barbwire fences, spotlights, and pill boxes with built-in heavy machine guns, but your children will be safe in the Texas School system. They may not learn anything, but they’ll be safe.
What’s more, under the program the schools are receiving all this glorious military equipment at little-to-no cost. But would you believe that not everyone’s thrilled to find out that their school system is being turned into a Soviet-style authoritarian police state?
Brennan Griffin, of Texas Appleseed, said that they don’t “necessarily believe that this kind of equipment leads to students feeling more secure and safe in schools.”
But…guns! Body armor! Tanks! What could possibly be more safe than making your school feel like a slice of Eastern Berlin, right there in your own backyard?
Griffin also called the news that military rifles have found a new home in Texas schools “concerning,” and cited how less-lethal devices have wound up harming children. Locally, one of the ISD police departments received 10 automatic pistols and 13 rifles.
Police Chief Brawner said that the rifles are available only for the tactically trained offices in an emergency, and that when not being used in training, they’ll be locked away in the departments’ armory.
I’m still reeling that schools have police departments, now I learn that they have actual armories!
Yes, but what happens when you need the weapon now? You don’t have time to fumble around with an armory lock, you gotta have it to shoot some bad guys! And if we let students have guns, and the police have guns, and the teachers have guns, won’t even need mass shooters. One stray gunshot’ll turn the whole school into a mobile target gallery.
Lest you think I’m being facetious about the weapons being locked up, Griffin cited studies for KHOU 11 highlighting my concern. The average shooting (that statement alone is terribly tragic; this happens so often we can get a statistical average) lasts for only 12 minutes, and, as Griffin said, “it’s hard to see how an officer would be able to gain access to the armory, bring it to the school, assess the situation and somehow use that weapon in the time a school shooting usually occurs.”
Naturally, the NRA’s solution would probably be to let the police carry their weapons out in the open. An armed society is house made of tinder and dried leaves, and everyone living it in owns a lighter.
The Chief initially agreed to talk to the I-Team on-camera about the weapons his department received, but then backed out at the last-minute. Presumably, he did so to double-check the Pentagon’s offer to supply tear gas grenades and drugged up, trained police baboons as crowd control tools should school assemblies get out-of-hand.
You can watch the KHOU11 report below.