Denver Schools To Arm Guards With Military-Style Rifles

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Are children safe in public schools?

If the answer seems pretty obvious, it is confirmation that society has definitely gone to extremes that would not have been recognizable in past decades of American history.

Now Denver-area schools are becoming the first to guard their student populations with military-style semiautomatic rifles, and things certainly appear to be escalating.

via NBC News/AP:

A suburban Denver school district is arming its security staff with military-style semiautomatic rifles in case of a school shooting or other violent attack, a move that appears unprecedented even as more schools arm employees in response to mass violence elsewhere.


The guards, who are not law enforcement officers, already carry handguns.




The move raised new questions about how far school officials should go in arming employees, a practice that has become standard in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

One can only hope that these weapons would stop a shooter before they could hurt anyone, but there isn’t any guarantee.

Active shooters, mass killings and militarized police and security now haunt the halls where education and learning is supposed to be taking place. More children than ever before are on pharmaceutical medications, despite the known links to suicide and homicide. Between Common Core and politically-correct policies, these institutions are teaching that up-is-down, and down-is-up like never before.

One school in Florida even punished a 16-year old student for wrestling a gunman threatening other students to the ground and preventing a shooting. Active shooter and martial law drills have become commonplace, and many of them have been unannounced, causing terror and panic in students and teachers.

While most schools remain “gun-free zones” and have been reluctant to allow teachers to be armed in the case of the worst incidents, many have readily invested in armed security, surveillance technology and counter-terrorism approaches to “safety” in schools.

The result has been a heightened atmosphere that is increasingly paranoid, and ready to treat anyone and everyone as potential suspects – including children:

Ken Trump, a school safety consultant in Cleveland, said the Douglas County case may mark the first time a district has equipped its in-house security officers with semiautomatic rifles.


“Taking this step certainly ratchets up a notch the whole idea, the question of what’s reasonable, what’s necessary in terms of arming officers,” Trump said.

But are they being protected from potential violence, or indoctrinated in a police state society where even children are under sharp suspicion, and misbehavior is criminalized? Can we see down the road as to whether this is likely to tend towards more freedom, or less? More armed citizens is positive, but more guns only in the hands of police, but private and public, may prove not be.

Regardless, it is a precedent for the growing police state society that expects individuals to conform to the masses, and obey authorities at all costs. Michael Snyder argued that public schools are purposely preparing students to live in such a society:

Our children are the future of America, and our public schools are systematically training them to become accustomed to living in a “Big Brother” police state. All across the United States today, public schools have essentially become “prison grids” that are run by control freaks that are absolutely obsessed with micromanaging the lives of their students down to the smallest detail. As you will read about below, students all over the country are now being monitored by RFID microchips, their lunches are being inspected on a daily basis by school administrators, and the social media accounts of students are being constantly monitored even when they are at home.


[…] One thing that was unheard of back when I was in high school was “active shooter drills”. They are being held in school districts all over the nation today, and they often involve the firing of blanks and the use of fake blood.

In typical fashion, Snyder goes on to make a long list of bizarre school practices that will make your head spin, and are, frankly, teaching the future members of society how to become helpless slaves.

Everyone can see that there is a problem, but nobody seems to know the way to fix it.

There is a fine line somewhere in there…

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boattrash's picture

If only they'll start training students with said rifles, (and start teaching the Constitution again).

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

If the principal's office isnt protected by interlocking fields of machine gun fire, then YOUR CHILD ISNT SAFE.

boattrash's picture

Yep, those schools will likely have the most secure teacher's lounges in the world.

Bilderberg Member's picture

Then who's going to guard the underground bunkers at the Denver airport???

Billy the Poet's picture

A Wilmington mayoral debate focused on public safety that was planned at Howard High School of Technology Thursday will be rescheduled after a sophomore girl died in fight in a restroom there.

boattrash's picture

Well Billy, sadly enough, it sounds like they should have scheduled it a bit sooner...

Manthong's picture justification I have seen for home schooling to date.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

So they are upping the firepower of the guards, while at the same time banning "musical chairs" and "duck duck goose" for instigating agression and competitive behavior in the school children...

Start them young, and they won't know any different when the FEMA camps come!

Tarjan's picture

Things are really whacked up back there!


wise_owl_says...'s picture

since tough love discipline has been lawfully taken away from parents and parents themselves are undisciplined, state gets to take over that role. instead of a good memorable pussy willow switching or razor strap smack, you get lead between teeth when 'order' is disrupted. that is, following orders, not your ordered disciplined life. reap what you vote folks! 

Cruel Aid's picture

Heres what it is about.  Strong Cities Network. And nobody lives in S H conn.


BeanusCountus's picture

Doesnt matter. Simply taking away the "soft target" label on schools is worth the effort. All the other risks remain the same.

Urban Redneck's picture

It's an indisputable fact that back in the "good old days" when students were allowed to bring rifles to school- there were fewer (absolute and relative) school shootings.

Since there actually is no correlation between school shootings and presence and access to firearms - why does society waste so much time, energy, and lives with non solutions that do not even address causation?

junction's picture

Next, the guards get blackjacks and waterboards. 

GoldenGoosed's picture

So do they get to shoot the kids w machine guns when they misbehave?

WTFUD's picture

Well, the war on drugs was a huge success. s/c

Oh regional Indian's picture

This is hwo the noose closes...slowly....always forst for the chilluns...

I cannot even imagine what that would feel like...going to school, getting metal detected, frisked...guards with guns...


a better world is has to....


FringeImaginigs's picture

You win the fuckingasshole award of the year.

FringeImaginigs's picture

You win the fuckingasshole award of the year.

FringeImaginigs's picture

You win the fuckingasshole award of the year.

swmnguy's picture

In the areas of Chicago where these shootings are happening, the local schools are the safest places.

Actually, unless you're in the drug trade, live with or near someone who is in the drug trade, Chicago is a pretty safe city.  Like most of the gun violence in America, it can be found where poverty and drugs intersect.  Stay out of the drug trade, stay away from those who are, and don't have an abusive partner or spouse and violence is at an all-time low in America, despite what the government, media, and weapons-dealers would have you believe.

When was the last time you or anyone you know was in a physical altercation of any kind, outside the situations listed above?  For me it would be about 30 years, since working in a scummy dive bar and helping the bouncer evice unruly patrons a few times.  But that shouldn't really count.  Outside of working where trouble is likely to occur, I haven't been in a violent situation since 9th grade, in 1980 or so.  Nor has almost anybody I know, unless they're in an abusive relationship or in and around drug culture.

PTR's picture

I was going to leave a comment about seucurity at my neighborhood grade school on the north side, but decided against it.  No need to give away good intelligence.  Let's just say if an active shooter incident were to ever occur there, CPD operators are standing by.


Sonic the porcupine's picture

I think an active shooter in the chicago area is more likely to be shot on the way to the school than successfully shoot up the school.




TAALR Swift's picture

To put it in context, compare to a Pareto of others causes of deaths, and then compare to the number of births. If you wanted to, you could do this per demographic group and compare to the entire population.

When put in this context, what exactly is your point? Or are you merely offering another opinion or spin on BLM?

Just asking.

juangrande's picture

Roll a fatty and chill !

mary mary's picture

Every day, TPTB dream up new ways to scare parents into taking their kids out of public schools and putting them into TPTB's privately-owned schools.

Billy the Poet's picture

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is good at that.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Apr 21, 2016 9:55 PM

If you've ever seen WorldStar Videos, you understand why the school guards need military grade weapons

Paul John Smith's picture

So let me get this straight ...

We won't let soldiers carry weapons outside combat, but let's make sure Col Klink has a machine gun on the tots ...

Colonel Klink's picture

Hey don't drag me into this bud, or it's off to the Russian front for you!

Omni Consumer Product's picture

Just what the hell is a "military-style semiautomatic rifle" anyway?

Last time I checked, the M4s in service were full auto.  Select-fire.

Meanwhile, the guns that the plebe on the street is granted permission to buy is semi-auto only.

This is another bogus MSM oxymoron term like "assault rifle," which basically means "any rifle that is black and/or has a detachable magazine and/or looks scary."

Omni Consumer Product's picture

And oh yeah, to Colonel Klink, did you know that Hogan had a series of tunnels underneath your Stalag?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Klink had zee last laff. He bashed in Hogan's head in a Phoenix parking lot, many years ago, when zey had a smashing reunion.

Billy the Poet's picture

I always liked, "Thirty days in the cooler!"

Lost in translation's picture

It really is like a bad dream, isn't it?

WTFUD's picture

Weren't there recent moves/legislation to report anti social kindergarten behaviour as a public threat and a potential breading ground for future terrorists?

Raging Debate's picture

Guards to protect against kidnap for ransom. 

Spungo's picture

Allowing teachers to carry guns = too dangerous.
Allowing authoritarian paramilitary to carry guns = perfectly reasonable. 

boattrash's picture

Spungo, good point/comment. But I find it odd to see so many negative comments on this, after seeing so many railing about Gun Free Zones. (myself included)

It seems damn near schizophrenic.

GoinFawr's picture

Unikitty:  Here in Cloud Cuckoo Land, there are no rules: There's no government, no baby sitters, no bedtimes, no frowny faces, no bushy mustaches, and no negativity of any kind.

WildStyle: You just said "no", like a thousand times.

UniKitty: And there's also no consistency

Eg. 'Spungo' could just as easily have written:

Allowing self-taught authoritarian paramilitary teachers to carry guns = perfectly reasonable.

Allowing guards trained in the use of them to carry guns = too dangerous.

rejected's picture

" haunt the halls where education and learning is supposed to be taking place...."

Now that's funny!

lincolnsteffens's picture

It is way past time to deconstruct and decentralize schools. This society is sick and armed guards at schools are part of the disease sypmtoms.

The more money you throw at it the worse it gets. You would think the schools are run by the government.  Oh!....wait!!!

NoWayJose's picture

Even with these, the schools are under-gunned compared to the gangs within the high schools!

raki_d's picture

"argued that public schools are purposely preparing students to live in such a society"... Wtf ?? Bizarre school practices - agreed but this is a much more bizarre conspiratorial interpretation of why that could be. The same deranged logic thats generally applied to, by the same folks when they argue why the guns shouldnt be banned: Dont ban guns- result will be nanny state. Dont document guns- result will be nanny state. Dont protect schools- result will be nanny state. Isnt the bizarre protection a byproduct of not banning the guns for general public in first place ? And y r the general public getting worried now that they r allowed to carry guns to protect the same nanny state they were complaining about. Chicken first or egg first situation- really!

goldsaver's picture

Perhaps you are missing the point. It is not the gun in the school, it is who gets to carry the gun in the school. We, as humans, have an innate right to self defense. TPTB fear this right therefore insist that we must not exercise it and instead trust them to do so on our behalf. In a school, the teacher is forbidden from carrying a gun, never mind the parents or adult students, yet the representative of the state (authority) is been equipped with a tax payer provided semi auto rifle.