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UNITED STATES – Great evils, great means? In the United States, Madison County in North Carolina has decided to literally pull out the heavy artillery in the face of school shootings that regularly plague the country. The county school system has decided to place AR-15 rifles in emergency safes at each of its six schools. This is part of an enhanced security plan following the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 21 people on May 24.
“We were able to install an AR-15 rifle and safes in all of our county schoolsSheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper. We also have breaching tools [comme des pieds-de-biche, NDLR] to enter these vaults. We have extra magazines with ammo in these safes »
Breaching tools should allow police to break down barricaded doors without having to wait for firefighters to arrive.
“I don’t want to have to run to the car to pick up an AR-15”
Buddy Harwood said he wanted “make sure his deputies are prepared” in the event of a school shooting. A problem particularly present since it was established that the police of Uvalde had not been reactive enough to prevent the killing.
“I don’t want to have to run to the car to pick up an AR-15, because it’s a waste of time. I hope we never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as possible.”he added.
The addition of semi-automatic weapons is just part of Madison County schools’ enhanced security measures. Among them are the addition of a panic button system in each building and the establishment of a school district security liaison officer.
Answer ” horrible » in the face of armed violence
However, this extreme measure is far from unanimous. According to Allison Anderman, senior counsel and director of local policy at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, this response to “the unique epidemic of gun violence” of the country is ” horrible “. “Where there are more guns, there is more gun violence”she justified to USA Today.
Ditto for Andy Pelosi, co-founder and executive director of the campaign to keep guns off campus. On the one hand he does not think that this initiative really changes anything in the event of an attack and on the other hand, he is worried that unauthorized persons may have access to the safes.
For him, the solution lies above all in arms control. ” We should ban military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Part of that discussion has to be, “Where do the young people who commit these acts get their guns? , does he answer USA Today.
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