Greenfield Community College considers arming full-time police officers

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

To better address the threat posed by a gunman on campus, Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura wants to arm the school’s three full-time police officers.

The proposal depends on approval by the GCC board of trustees and it will likely come up for a vote at its Feb. 12 meeting. College officials are concerned that it would take too long for local or state police to respond if a shooter arrives on campus.

“I’m not fond of guns,” said Pura. “I’ve always been opposed to arming our campus because ... this is a safe campus.

“It really does come down to the critical minutes between when the shooter ... starts and when that person is stopped,” he said.

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