Interesting reports come this week from Phoenix (of all places?): a uniformed police officer picked his daughter up from school and was subsequently asked by the principal to never again wear his uniform or sidearm on campus, as parents complained when they learned of his presence on campus with the firearm. Undoubtedly, the parents’ children went home and inquired, as children do about such things, about the man with the gun in school (no resource officers normally present at this school?). This is not a legal issue, of course. Arizona Revised Statute Title 13 Chapter 31 is quite clear regarding relationships between armed law enforcement officers and schools.
In the interest of fairness, at least some hysterical hoplophobes are willing to irrationally agitate at police officers as well. As absurd as this story appears to be on its surface, it is nonetheless nice to see this ignorance is somewhat equitably channeled at times. I have long stated that if the social hoplophobes wish to restrict and/or outright disarm law-abiding citizens to satiate their fears, there is no legitimate or ethical reason to fail to do the same to armed agents of the State. To be clear, this is not an endorsement of such an objective, as this broad approach would be neither desirable nor practicable, but what is good for the goose should be good for the gander since it is the State itself that violently enforces such nonsensical policies.