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12/27/2012 8:07:00 AM
Letter: Kudos to Chief Fanning for ‘Cops on Campus’


That’s all it takes is one GREAT man with ONE GREAT IDEA! We all never thought it would ever get to this, but it has. In the wake of Newtown, Conn, we need IMMEDIATE action to protect our children at school.

The gun battle might drag on forever with the politics, but I know anyone with children in school would rest easier knowing there is a “COP ON CAMPUS.”

The best way to fight a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. Though I am NOT an advocate of guns and know that people kill people, our children are innocent victims that we need to protect.

I think somehow, someway each State should take immediate action and get this great idea into motion NOW! Protect our children in 2013, KUDO’S to you CHIEF FANNING!

Candi Yatsinko


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Re, John Bond Again

@ Re, John Bond, again:
Sorry for not replying sooner, having a dialogue with you is worthless also so this will be my last. Your ideas might sound good to you but to me they are meaningless and will solve nothing. Reestablish community? What is that going to solve? How about being better parents? For example, giving an unruly child a good butt whooping, OH Goodness, can't do that, it's now called child abuse. What a load of crap that is. A large part of the problems today stem from being "Politically Correct". My generation didn't have these problems and guns were everywhere. We had values and respect. We had fist fights (again, can't do that) and then became friends afterwards. Guns aren't the reason, their the easy way, I wonder who taught our kids that, the "Easy Way"? A society like ours, that’s who! Somewhere a Dr. Spock comes to mind but you probably agree with him also!

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: When the Constitution was signed, guns could fire only a single shot.

They didn't visualize a semi-automatic machine gun being sold to a mentally unhealthy person. Enough said.

We need to teach morals, empathy, and compassion for people. And the militarization of the USA has to stop. 1984 is here.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Local Teacher

I would personally like to thank Chief Fanning for providing support our last week before Winter break. In my rational mind I knew nothing would happen but thoughts of Connecticut kept creeping into my mind throughout the week. Just having an officer out in front of the school and strolling through campus gave me an added since of security. My students thought it was “cool” to have an officer on campus (I teach 1st grade) and the cop car out front was just the icing on the cake for these kiddos. For all of you that think this in any way had a negative effect on our students you are wrong. Ask any teacher if having a SRO on campus is a good idea and they will agree. Not only does having an officer on campus provide added protection for our most precious resource, but it also teaches students about making responsible choices and fosters trust between students and law enforcement officers. Thank you to all of the officers that “stood watch” over us throughout the week and for all the work you do to keep our community safe!

And just for the record, I do not want to be armed in a classroom full of 6 year olds. I will leave that to the professionals!

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Re, John Bond, again:

You are so obviously overly emotional and driven by such paranoid fear that having a dialogue with you is worthless.

You, like the NRA, just don't get it and you never will.

The creation of a police state is not the solution to our culture of violence. The solution is to address those cultural issues in our society that inculcate such violence in our society.

For example, domestic assault [some call it domestic abuse] and child abuse. Those are cultural issues that impact upon our culture of violence.

Funding for mental health that addresses the systemic and cultural negativity associated with our mentally ill population and one that seeks to embrace those suffering from mental illness with compassion.

The capitalist culture of mutual exploitation based upon the profit motive is at the heart of our culture of violence, too. It engenders divisiveness amongst and between our citizenry and encourages the development of exploitative behavior destructive of community.

To address gun violence we need to reestabish community. Communities are being destroyed by at culture of violence in America.

Without community, nothing meaningful can be accomplished in a society.

The very LAST thing we need to do is put armed guards in our schools. It is merely an acknowledgement of our submission to violence and the encouragement in our children of the acceptance of a police state.

That is a bad idea. Like so many ideas that come from paranoid and greedy groups like the NRA, it is no solution at all, it merely aggravates the problem.

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

John Bond, as always you poo poo the ideas presented without giving any solution. Your so called police state sounds a lot better than having children being shot in school. If you want to take away all guns, then you have unknown millions of guns to deal with. The bad guys will keep their guns. It may even start a civil war. Rather than putting down every idea, why not provide solutions to the problem?

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: Re, John Bond Again

You never use common sense in anything do you? Nope! Don't TRY to help by putting armed guards in school because of negative emotional and psychological impact it will have, RUBBISH!!!
Our kids are smarter than you give them credit for they know that police in their schools are there to help them and that they are someone to trust. Putting armed guards (as you put it) in an institution of learning is not only a good idea it's a smart idea in today’s world. Tell me what logical "Quick Fix" you’d suggest in that delusional mind of yours besides standing on street corners with signs of protest that, by the way, Don't Work!?

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

So I guess mercenaries are out of the question.

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ re: John Bond:

"Wake up to reality instead of living in your fantasy world."

YOU believe that putting armed guards in our schools will prevent such mass murders as the recent one in Newtown, Connecticut and YOU say that I live in a fantasy world."

You are the one living in lala land if you think putting armed guards in an institution of learning is a good idea. It may make YOU "feel" safe but it will not only NOT make the children safer, it will have an enormous negative emotional and psychological impact upon them, too.

You may be comfortable with embracing a police state mentality but I am not.
We must use any and all assets available to protect our children first, then come up with a possible solution

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Re John Bond

Enough of your garbage. A police state mentality, rubbish! Nobody wants armed personal of any kind in a "center of learning" but this is what is needed. I would feel much safer knowing my kids went to school protected by America's Finest instead of someone like you waving a white flag and throwing flowers. Wake up to reality instead of living in your fantasy world. We must use any and all assets available to protect our children first, then come up with a possible solution.

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Schools Are Gun-Free Zones... Why?

Allow adults on school sites to bear arms of their
choice. This will stop some/many shooters...
they may have mental issues but they sare smart
enough to pick gun-free-zones to do their bad

Too many news reports have indicated where
there are gun packing citizens the number of
deaths are low. The CT shooting took 20
minutes for the first cops to show up...and 27
were killed...when the shooter hear the cops he
shot himself.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Danny Smith

Anyone of you left wingers want to take a guess at who started the "Cops in School" program with an initial $60 million grant. Give up? None other than your one man war on women, then President Bill Clinton, yep look it up.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Country Boy

@ Mr Maverick. I and a former azpost cert firearms instructor with distinguished shooter and marksman honors as well as a current firearms safety, ccw, defensive shooting, tactical shooting instructor.
I will gladly train them for FREE as would all the other instructors that I know and have talked to around the country of late.

@ Johnny boy
to answer your question, "Does anyone want to send their child to a "center of learning" wherein the teachers are armed guards instead of instillers of knowledge into them?"
yep I do! Its called multi tasking.
Oh and all my weapons were bought at dealers!! Matter of fact you should go to a gun show sometime Johnny boy and see how they really work. The recent one in Cottonwood for example that my kids and I attended last month. They were all running NICS checks on all sales I observed? Not saying I have not seen private sellers at shows or even that one but they are maybe 1 to 20 for every dealer at a show and none of the private sellers were selling AR-15s or AK-47 or AK-74s only pieces, parts accessories that kind of stuff. So were is it exactly that you get your distorted info all the time? oh never mind, most be main stream liberal media!!!!!

Finally as far as police in school, it is an excellent resource for all around well being and healthy learning environment!!!
The resource officers are there for the kids day in and day out, they observe and prevent drugs and drug abuse before it starts, abuse on and off campus, in the community, at school and at homes. They answer tough questions and give constructive advise to our children, they promote good and safe driving of teenagers, they prevent custodial interference and kidnappings, etc. etc. etc.. AND THOSE ARE ALL FACTS!!!

So Johnny Boy, Maverick and all you others that have no idea of what value or true reality is today, as always you are wrong and state only propaganda that lacks fact or merit of any kind.


Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Nux Man

C.O.C. has been around a very long time I first saw this in middle school - way back in 1975 in GA., when the drug dealers were setting up shop right in the school parking lot. Nowadays my grand kids tell me who the latest patrolmen & women are like they were best of friends - because they are, and this is the best security kids knowing who the police are and trusting them.
We don't need more federal regulation - get on over to China if you want that, what we need is a simple 1 or 2 cent sales tax to meet the payroll for campus police. You'd be surprised how much support this would see for this.
For those who think "gun control" is the issue please go spend just one evening hanging out in gun free downtown Chicago,.......... for those who know that this free-ride gimme gimme society is creating narcissistic nut-jobs hell bent on getting their moments of fame, at any cost, be willing to pay just a little extra at the stores for the one thing that scares these mini-tyrants from their evil: An armed, uniformed, law enforcement officer.
Chief Fanning has a great idea, but it's going to take folks like Ms. Candi here to put this idea in the public mindset. Thanks to you for the post.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Mr. Maverick:

The very idea of "training and arming' educators is reprehensible to me.

I cannot imagine living in a constitutional republic wherein the soveriegn rights of the people to pursue happiness requires the usurpation of those cherished constitutional rights that we all rely upon for our freedom.

The very idea that "educators" should be armed is anathema to me.

"Educators" are now more ready and willing to "arm themselves" and have that responsibility incorporated into their teaching duties than any othe group of people.

What is next? Do we arm every checker at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Movie Theatres and malls in America?

Do we set up metal detectors in every business and surveillance cameras in every home, too.

Does anyone want to send their child to a "center of learning" wherein the teachers are armed guards instead of instillers of knowledge into them?

I do not want that. I would not tolerate it. If I had a child, I would not allow such a thing. I would home school them rather than expose them to the police state mentality.

The NRA idea of putting armed guards in every school in America is absurd beyond belief. It is not a "solution" it is means to obfuscate and deny responsibility for NRA support of nefarious gun control laws big enough to drive a semi through.

Again, I ask how many of you NRA members and gun purchasers bought your assault and other weapons at Gun Shows without a background check?

The NRA is not principally funded by NRA membership dues. Only 30% of the NRA funding is from membership dues, the rest comes from gun manufacturers who are driven by greed to sell as many weapons as possible and fund the NRA as the lobbyist to ensure that no laws are passed to impede their profit motive.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

Every time this happens gun control is the issue. Then the NRA come in with a massive media campaign and it all goes away. So why even bother it write? There have been at least 70 school shootings during my adult life and it never changes. Who has the money to train and arm educators? This is another stupid political decision by one of our worsty politicians in office. Brewer and her gang have done nothing since election except try and push their extreme agenda while blocking and stalling on isssues voted in by the residents of Arizona. The should be removed from office.

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