Since the Department of Defense is offering low cost military equipment – or even for free – Texas jumps to the front of the wave and militarizes public schools.
Ten Texas school districts have received 64 M16 rifles, 18 M14 rifles, 25 automatic pistols, and magazines capable of holding 4,500 rounds of ammunition as well armored plating, tactical vests, and 15 surplus military vehicles.
Oh hell yes. Let’s respond with M16′s if there’s a school shooter. Hell, why not just use hand grenades? Maybe we could get one of those drone things and just drop a bomb on the whole school.
Locally, Spring Branch ISD police received 10 automatic pistols and 13 rifles.
Police Chief Brawner says the rifles are available only for use by tactically-trained officers in an emergency. He says when not being used in training, the military weapons are locked in the department’s armory.
Armory? Armory? School districts have armories? Hell, we don’t have enough money for textbooks but we have armories? Governor Rick Perry cut $5 billion from Texas public education but left the armory money in place?
So there’s a school shooting. You gotta go to the armory, find the key, unlock the weapons, find the ammo, load the weapons, get your tactical gear on, ask the Onstar lady for directions to the school, which, of course! is all the way across town, and then figure out which very cool weapon to use. And then let’s suppose that the shooter shows up in his fancy tactical gear and you can’t tell him from you and you kinda freak out because it’s like you’re looking in a mirror.
Plus, can you even image what the insurance for 15 surplus military vehicles costs? Remember back when Western Auto used to give you a free flashlight if you would buy the batteries? Same deal here. We’ll give you a free, free, free military vehicle to drive around but you gotta spend kid’s school money on upkeep.
Oh military industrial complex, can’t you find something else to make?