Joe Arpaio has thought of less friendly uses for firearms in his recent past. Back in November, the sheriff decided to arm his deputies with automatic weapons to stop “illegal aliens” “attempting to escape” his county.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will begin sending armed “posses” to
patrol around Arizona schools today, in response to the shooting less
than a month ago at Sandy Hook elementary school.
Arpaio made a name for himself by abusing the civil rights of undocumented immigrants — and for detaining a six year old undocumented child. Now he’s heeding the NRA’s advice that every school needs a “guy with a gun” and is sending out volunteers “ with questionable pasts” to guard students:
Arizona’s 3TV reports that Arpaio’s volunteer force is comprised of around 3,000 members, some of which have criminal pasts.
According to CBS5, Arpaio’s office has provided a list of more than 50
schools in unincorporated Maricopa County that will be patrolled by the
posses, which are in charge of providing all of their own weapons and
equipment. The volunteers will not actually be posted on school
campuses, but will instead monitor the areas around the facilities.[...]
And he keeps getting re-elected. Makes you wonder about Rob Ford's chances in a new election. Tom