In the months prior to the Sandy Hook shooting, school officials and school police in Fontana, California met to discuss how to best protect their students. They weighed many issues and finally came to the decision to purchase 14 Colt LE6940 rifles. The rifles were finally delivered to the schools in early December, one week prior to Sandy Hook.
According to the Colt website, the LE6940 is actually called the Advanced Law Enforcement Carbine. It was specifically designed for law enforcement to help them counter the weaponry they find themselves facing in the streets and from drug dealers. The last thing a law enforcement officer wants to do is to try to stop someone who is using an assault rifle with just their service handgun. It takes an equally capable weapon to take down criminals with semi-automatic or even automatic weapons.
Cali Olsen-Binks, Superintendent of the Fontana Unified School District approved the purchase of the assault rifles. Her decision was fully approved and endorsed by Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones and Mayor Acquanetta Warren. Chief Jones commented about the purchase, saying:
“It’s unfortunate that we have to have that, but it’s the best message we can send to anybody that thinks to harm our children. The message we’re sending is…not here, not now, we’re prepared for you. And if you seek to harm our children, we will neutralize that threat and you will most likely be killed.”
Mayor Warren added:
“Everyone wants children safe. At this time, we as a community, we have to come together and find other ways. But in the interim, our police officers need to be equipped.”
The Fontana school district employs 14 school police. All of them underwent 40 hours of training with the new weapons over the Christmas break. The guns are to be kept locked up in gun safes and are only to be used in the case of a shooting on any of the school campuses in the district. Billy Green, Fontana School Police Chief said the rifles were purchased using fingerprinting fees they had collected.
Critics of the purchase are saying that guns on campuses are not the solution to school violence. While they are correct that the guns aren’t the solution, they fail to realize that until cultural morals and values can be changed, the guns are a necessary and effect means of protection. Virtually all of these shooting at schools and theaters have taken place in GUN FREE ZONES. No one, not even a mentally deranged killer like James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado, attack a location that is known to be armed.
I applaud the leaders in Fontana for taking the strong measure to protect their kids with armed guards. Incidentally, the school police in Fontana do carry a sidearm at all times, but purchased the rifles in case of a Sandy Hook style shooting. From what I’ve been hearing on the news and reading online, a number of other school districts, even in the liberal state of California, are taking measures to arm someone on their campuses to help protect their students.
Jan Morgan, of JanMorganMedia.com, says that she refuses to enter any establishment that posts a sign that they are a gun free zone. Her reason is that they are denying her the right to protect herself with her conceal carry weapon, which places her in possible harm’s way.
Morgan also asks a question about the signs being used. She advocates that gun free signs only advertise for a wacko to target the place and the people inside. I like her idea and think everyone should avoid doing business with anyone that posts a gun free zone sign. Morgan posits this question:
Do you think James Holmes would have targeted the theatre in Aurora had they had the sign on the right? Or what about Sandy Hook Elementary School? Would Adam Lanza have targeted the school if he knew that they had armed faculty? If schools really want to protect their children, they need to arm and train their faculty and then post signs like this to let everyone know that they are armed and ready.