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School Police Authorized to Carry AR-15 Assault Weapons

| by Michael Allen

The City of Compton, which is part of Los Angeles County, recently announced that it is allowing school police to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles, which are also known as assault weapons.

"This is our objective: save lives, bottom line," Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu told the Compton school board, noted KPCC.

Chief Wu claimed that his officers were outgunned in case of a terrorist attack or mass shooting, even though the city is under the jurisdiction of the heavily-armed Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the LAPD.

Chief Wu noted a FBI study that said about 5 percent of mass shooters have worn body armor, which normal police guns can't pierce.

"Handguns you'd be lucky to hit accurately at 25 yards," stated Chief Wu. "With a rifle in the hands of a trained person, you can be go 50, 100 yards accurately."

"These kids don’t deserve reactive measures, but protective measures," Francisco Orozco, a recent grad of Dominguez High School and founder of the Compton Democratic Club, told NBC Los Angeles.

"The school board just ate everything up [from Chief Wu]," added Orozco. "We think that the decision was made too quickly and completely without discussion."

While school police officers will have to buy the assault weapons themselves, the Compton Unified School District has to pay for ammunition and gun training classes for the police.

Joe Grubbs, president of the California Association of School Resource Officers, claimed, "This is not an assault rifle, it's a tool."

"If there's an issue with Compton and how Unified School Police are engaging with the community, that should not affect their availability to tools that can save kids," added Grubbs.

Sources: NBC Los Angeles, KPCC, FBI.gov (Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean P. Lenahan)