Education Guns

Back to School: Don’t Mind The Long Rifles


I have no idea what could justify a K-12 school police force carrying long rifles, but apparently officers will be packing in Compton, California as children head back to school.

“This is our objective — save lives, bottom line,” Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu told the board.

Wu argued officers are woefully underequipped in the event of a terrorist attack or mass shooting, in which shooters increasingly wear body armor, which is not penetrable with standard firearms. He cited a recent FBI study that found that roughly 5 percent of mass shooters have worn such armor. Wu said that while assault-style rifles are more deadly, they’re also more accurate.

Just consider the fact that a school police force is worried about the penetrating power of their weapons.

This is America.

  • Jone_of_Snark

    Compton? Really guys? Just being proactive, I’m sure. Not that the fuzz wants to be shown as intimidating or anything. It’s just timing, honest

  • Emily333

    What could go wrong?

  • muselet

    Somebody didn’t think this through.

    “Handguns you’d be lucky to hit accurately at 25 yards,” Wu said. “With a rifle in the hands of a trained person, you can be go 50, 100 yards accurately.”

    Fifty or a hundred yards? In a school shooter situation? Right.

    It sounds to me like William Wu simply wants his officers to have big, intimidating, ouchy toys.

    Also, the policy will be for the ARs will be locked in the trunks of police cars. Guess how much effort it takes to pop the trunk of an aging Ford Police Interceptor.