Cops with guns…what will they think of next?


The recent article in the Arizona Republic regarding Campus Police Officers now being able to carry guns, is made to sound like some kind of “breaking news” flash.

In a way, I suppose it is, since campus officers in Maricopa County were unarmed prior to this. The State law which came into effect in October takes the decision out of the hands of the campus authorities. Police officers carrying guns would be news in Great Britain or India but it is strange to think of any U.S. law enforcement officer not having the authority to carry a weapon.

No doubt, the tragedy at Virginia Tech. last year changed a lot of minds regarding the need for campus police to be armed. If campus police are trained to the same standards as any other department in the State, there is no reason why they should not be armed. As the article points out, private security officers working at the campus will not be armed.

I just hope that the officers’ guns will have bullets. Does that sound strange? You might think it impossible that they would not have ammunition but I have been told by soldiers who have been stationed at several U.S. bases that they had weapons but were ordered to keep their weapons unloaded. I understand fear of liability, but I think that is going too far. If you can not trust the person carrying a gun and who does so for a living, that sounds like their training is questionable.

I can guarantee that the bad guys will have bullets in their guns if and when they show up. I can also guarantee that they are not influenced by the Marquis of Queensbury’s rules and will not wait for the good guys to load their weapons.

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