Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's armed volunteer posses are set to begin patrolling areas around Phoenix, Ariz. schools on Monday, more than a week after the plan drew national attention in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn."Some of which have criminal pasts" is a nice touch, but you know the kind of persons who really, really shouldn't be patrolling the perimeters of public schools while carrying loaded weapons? Anyone who would sign up for an unpaid program to do that sort of thing. Also, anyone who thinks highly enough of Sheriff Joe to be associated with him.
Arizona's 3TV reports that Arpaio's volunteer force is comprised of around 3,000 members, some of which have criminal pasts.
Like most things proposed by the NRA and/or executed by America's least competent sheriff, the "success" of this effort will be measured exclusively by whether or not any of Arpaio's 3,000 would-be George Zimmermans manage to refrain from shooting anyone while they're wandering the neighborhood looking for troublemakers. No word yet on whether students will be banned from carrying Skittles, however.
Feel safer yet?