Three weeks after the shooting in Sandy Hook, CT, when politicians were using the murders as an excuse to grab the guns of law-abiding Americans, one lawman was calling instead for school kids to be defended.
Maricopa Country, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio denounced efforts to ban guns, saying “bad guys will always get their guns”, and that gun control “never solves the problem”. So on January 9th the Sheriff announced he would deploy 500 armed volunteers to patrol outside 59 schools in metropolitan Phoenix. Joe’s 3,000-strong “Posse” has participated in the many “immigration sweeps” the Sheriff has conducted over the past decade – resulting in the arrests of hundreds of illegal aliens, drug and human smugglers and gang members. Now they will defend kids in America’s 4th largest county.
His announcement enraged opponents – including those currently trying to recall Joe from office.
But his policy has proved popular with his constituents. Joselyn Wells, the mother of three children at a school where Arpaio’s posse members have begun patrolling, said she was excited to hear about the initiative.
“A lot of people sit around and watch these things happen, watch key signs and no one wants to do anything about it,” she said. “Nobody wants conflict, nobody wants to be out in the limelight. And he doesn’t care. He wants to do the right thing.”
Arpaio has since expanded his school posse to 1,000, and this week conducted extensive training for posse members in real-life shooting scenarios.
Above: Sheriff Joe’s ‘school posse’ members train for Sandy Hook-style events (more photos here).
Twenty posse members participated in a number of scenarios at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office training center on Saturday. Posse members were trained on school shooting scenarios using guns with rubber bullets in a cafeteria setting, in hallways, and outside.
We salute Sheriff Joe for his stalwart defense of the 2nd Amendment, and for looking for a solution to the problem of school violence – defending children from violence – instead of kowtowing to political correctness, as far too many law enforcement officials have done.
If you live in Maricopa County and wish to join Sheriff Joe’s Posse to protect schools or to assist with immigration enforcement, click here for details.
The Sportsman Channel is featuring a documentary about Sheriff Joe’s School Posse in the context of the gun control fight. It looks compelling. Here’s a preview…