So a reporter — Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services — asked State Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal about the carnage in Connecticut, and what measures can be taken in Arizona to minimize the chances of that horror happening (you can read the article here).
His response is priceless: “In response to this, it would be appropriate for them [parents] to ask their school officials, ‘Have you gone through this training? Do you have a great relationship with your local police department?’ ” And he added that Arizona has “state of the art training” to prevent what we saw today.
Huppenthal cannot believe that there are “preventative measures” to stop this kind of carnage, short of police stationed at every school entrance, ready to fire.
And if that’s what he advocates, are his buddies in the legislature ready to pony up the millions needed to staff that?
Nope, there’s no real way to stop a madman from committing the kind of carnage we saw today. In Weaponized America, the gun genie is out of the bottle.
And the NRA and its absolutist amen choir will do everything possible to prevent even the slightest of gun control measures from being enacted, in the hopes — maybe vain — that those measures somehow make the madman’s plan more difficult to execute.
Nope, as the article points out, as a legislator, Huppenthal was of the “More guns make us safer from guns” crowd.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.