School district buys 14 AR-15 assault rifles

A California school district apparently listened when National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, suggested arming our schools — it went ahead and did it.

The Fontana Unified School District purchased an arsenal of 14 AR-15 assault rifles for its students’ protection of the students, according to a story by a local CBS affiliate. The rifles will be kept in locked cabinets at each school for use by police in the event of an assault.

“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,” Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones told the news station. “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.”

Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren agreed to the decision.

“Everyone wants children safe” Warren said. “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.”

Read more at LA-CBS Local News.


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8 thoughts on “School district buys 14 AR-15 assault rifles

  1. Eli says:

    While the article is interesting and great news for the school, could you please stop carrying on the incorrect name for the rifles? These are modern rifles, not "assault rifles'" as labeled by politicians for political motives. Assault rifles are already correctly defined under Military code as a rifle with select fire (full automatic fire, 3 round burst or semi-automatic). All the AR15 rifles available to the public are semi-automatic. rifles. They are NOT "assault rifles " as labeled by the media and politicians with their own political agenda. Thanks!

    1. Norberto Rodriguez says:

      The AR on AR15 stands for Assault Rifle.

      1. RC says:

        Actually, it stands for "Armalite."

      2. Jane says:

        AR = Armalite (NOT automatic rifle!!!), first manufacturers of the select-fire AR15, subsequently, sold to Colt and marketed as the Colt AR-15.

  2. Christopher Hoffman says:

    It falls squarely in the realm of common sense, that the only way to put out a fire, once it starts, is with a fire extinguisher. And the only way to stop a mass shooting, once it begins, is to shoot back. This is just physics.

    We can and must do everything in our power to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited people like felons, the insane, those under restraining orders, drug addicts, etc.

    But the best prevention in the world, alone, is not sufficient to protect innocent life. In the entire history of human evolution, it has never been so.

    But recognizing this fact is not entirely a pessimistic, cynical view of humanity. And it's true that some may occasionally fall short of our trust, but the rare exception proves the rule. This right, in the hands of the lawful majority of us, is the final and only gatekeeper of our physical security in the real world, where small factions of evil and sociopathy will always exist, and will always conspire to take and to harm.

    The act of empowering and equipping our police officers and lawful citizens who stand as guardians to those in their care is a fitting and emblematic act that recognizes the goodness that pervades the vast majority of us, who CAN and MUST be trusted with the right.

  3. Greg Sember says:

    Are there cops at the school fulltime? What's the response time? Pretty much worthless if no cops present. And AR-15 doesn't stand for assault rifle, its Armalite the company that manufacturers them

  4. Norberto Rodriguez says:

    For a moment I thought is was a good idea until I read the article. I thought that a selected group of properly trained teachers would keep the rifles locked up in a safe in their classrooms, so the the situation arrives they won't have to run to the room that has All the weapons locked up, "and God forbid that the person that has the key hasn't been taken down . Or wait for the Police so they can draw the weapons and then take the target(s) out.

    As a former Soldier I believe that "Yes" you should keep those weapons in an arms room. But at the same time it should be easily accessible, because when the time comes you are looking down the barrel of your enemy's gun and you have nothing to return with…. It's to late.

    Good initiative but bad judgement.

    1. Jane says:

      Ok, but here's the thing: What if some local nutbar – who knows the school now has a room or cabinet stocked with 14 AR-15s – strolls on over w/ a concealed weapon, whips it out, takes someone hostage (a kid, the secretary, whoever…) and threatens to blow their brains out until the rifles are handed over. Even if the guns & ammo are separated (I ask, then, how useful in an emergency wold that be?), the nutbar could arrive, pockets full. I'm just sayin'… In some sense, don't armed schools, schools with weapons rooms, etc become targets in & of themselves?

      And, I'm bothered by the issue of multiple entrances. Schools are rife with possible entry ways (halls, kitchens, gyms, theatres, cafeterias, auditoriums, boiler rooms, storage rooms, portable classrooms… Do we station an armed guard at each one? High schools, in particular, are extremely difficult to keep secure. Often, the kids know of entry & escape hatches the adults have no idea exist.

      The hideous irony would be if the school w/ 14 shiny new AR-15s is the next to experience gun-related tragedy.

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