North Carolina sheriff wants to put AR-15s in every school

While the political left wants to respond to gun violence, especially mass shootings at schools, by disarming the law-abiding population, one North Carolina county is taking a completely different approach.

Fox News reports that a North Carolina county sheriff is planning, among other things, to put AR-15 rifles in each one of its six schools. 

The district is located in in Madison County. There are six schools in the district: Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High, and Madison Early College High.

What’s going on?

This is the Madison County school district’s response to the recent mass shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed.

Specifics about the plan were revealed by local Sheriff Buddy Harwood.

Harwood recently told the Asheville Citizen-Times that “we were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safes in all of our schools in the county.” He added that “we’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes.”

Harwood also revealed that training sessions have been taking place, and that, on Aug. 17, the school system is going to simulate an emergency scenario.

The “why?”

Harwood went on to explain the purpose behind the measures being taken.

He said:

The reason we put the breaching tools in the safes is that in the event we have someone barricaded in a door, we won’t have to wait on the fire department to get there. We’ll have those tools to be able to breach that door if needed. I do not want to have to run back out to the car to grab an AR, because that’s time lost.

Harwood emphasized that the point of all of this is preparation in order to ensure the safety of students.

“I want the parents of Madison County to know we’re going to take every measure necessary to ensure our kids are safe in this school system,” Harwood said.

“If my parents, as a whole, want me to stand at that door with that AR strapped around that officer’s neck, then I’m going to do whatever my parents want as a whole to keep our kids safe,” he added.

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