Arizona’s self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” enlisted the combat services of actor Steven Seagal to train a volunteer posse through a simulated school shooting on Saturday. The event was part of the sheriff’s controversial plan of placing armed volunteers guard Phoenix-area schools. Following the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 first-graders and six teachers dead and a thwarted high school bombing and shooting plot in Mesa, Ariz., Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent his volunteer posse in January to defend county schools. “Why would people complain about my posse being in front of schools to act as prevention?” Arpaio said. “I want everyone to know about it for the deterrence effect.” Arpaio gave himself the moniker when he made national headlines for his tough stance on crime and illegal immigration. Drawing from his martial arts skills, the “Above the Law” and “Hard to Kill” actor led a class of 48 posse members on the appropriate response to single- and multiple-shooter scenarios, room-to-room entry tactics and hand-to-hand combat techniques. “I am here to try to teach the posse firearms and martial arts to try to help them learn how to respond quicker and help protect our children,” Seagal said…. Read full this story
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