One North Carolina school district is instituting new security measures, including stocking AR-15 rifles for school resource officers. One semiautomatic rifle has been placed in each of the county’s six schools. Each of the guns will be locked inside a safe. Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood says the move is in response to the Uvalde shooting which left 21 people dead. He explained, “Those officers were in that building for so long, and that suspect was able to infiltrate that building and injure and kill so many kids. I just want to make sure my deputies are prepared in the event that happens.”
School safety and gun control are a huge topic of discussion these days. Is this the right answer? I don’t know. I don’t know that there is a simple answer to this massive problem. What I do know is that I hope that this security measure never needs to be used. As school is getting ready to start back up across the country, it is my hope that each and every child has a safe, happy, and productive school year.