There was an armed guard at the Columbine school shooting in 1999 and an armed "emergency response team" assigned to Virginia Tech during the 2007 mass shooting (the worst in the US history), but in both cases the armed "good guys" made no difference.
Undeterred by history, the Gainesville, Ga. school board recently approved the purchase of three Colt 6920 M4 rifles for use by school resource officers at Gainesville High, Gainesville Middle School and Wood’s Mill Academy (video below).
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The rifles will be stored in safes that will only open via the fingerprints of the school resource officers. The guns will not be stored at the schools when the officers are not working, notes Guns.com.
The school resource officers already carry Glocks (pistols), but the Gainesville Police Department has wanted them to be more heavily armed ever since the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
“We have a very strong relationship with Gainesville Police Department,” school board chairwoman Maria Calkins told the Gainesville Times. “We work with them every day to protect the kids and make Gainesville city schools a safe place.”
On Monday the entire school board, except for Willie Mitchell, voted to approve the $6,000 gun buying proposal.
“For some reason or another, I just can’t buy into guns in school,” said Willie Mitchell. “I’m not sure that’s the best way to [take care] of the situation.”
“To me it’s like putting Band-Aids on a cancer,” stated Mitchell. “Yeah, we need to study ways to keep bad people out of our school system but a gun in a cabinet, away from where probably the scene would happen, isn’t going to stop any damage.”