An Illinois community southwest of Chicago is astir after the local police chief proposed a new method to protect students: bring more guns to school.
Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek wants officers regularly
assigned to district high schools to be allowed to keep an AR 15
semi-automatic rifle under lock and key in school offices so they are
better prepared to handle school shootings, if the situation were to
School officers will be the only ones able to access the weapons, NBC
Chicago reports. Konopek notes that training exercises have shown that
officers are "much better equipped to handle this type of incident" while using a long gun -- with greater range, accuracy and stopping power -- versus a handgun.