GA School District May Create Assault-Weapon Armories in Newtown Reaction


A north Georgia school district is deciding whether to have small assault-weapon armories in its schools to be ready for a gunman attack, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The move by Gainesville City Schools is a result of last year's massacre Newtown, Ct., where 20 children and six staff members died at the hands of a troubled young man who broke into the school and began shooting. Gainesville would buy two Colt 6920 M4 carbines and keep them in safes equipped with fingerprint locks, so only the school resource officer could have access. What would have just a few years ago been a shocking plan to store semiautomatic assault carbines in the front office is now being considered seriously. “These incidents constitute a minuscule fraction of overall homicides, but they horrify us more because we have this feeling that this can happen anywhere for no particular reason, and where no recognized set of precautions will stop it,” says law Prof. Bob Cottrol, a gun policy expert at George Washington University.

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