I bet the author didn’t think it was such a zany idea when Bill Clinton called for $120 million in federal grants to put officers in schools.
My experience in day to day life:
Courthouse - sheriff’s deputies and metal detector
City Council meeing - Police and metal detectors
Statehouse - State troopers double as armed guards
Informational meeting on zoning proposal, held at high school - off duty sheriff deputy moonlights as armed guard.
High school football game - off duty sheriff deputy serves as armed guard.
Heck, whenever the high school lets out in the afternoon, there are a half dozen sheriff’s directing traffic.
a recent County Council Meeting on Tax Abatements for a Wind Farm near me had 8 uniformed and armed cops surrounding the auditorium