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One Republican's Plan to Stop Mass Shootings: Fire Extinguishers

Because that'll stop gunmen right in their tracks.
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
March 6, 2018, 10:30pm
Photo of Moody by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images; photo of fire extinguisher by Flickr user Henry Burrows

After 17 people were killed last month in Parkland, Florida, Republicans came up with some creative solutions to America's school shooting epidemic, like praying them away, doing absolutely nothing, and suggesting we start arming teachers, days before one opened fire at a school in Georgia. Their latest attempt to avoid the gun control conversation? Fire extinguishers, apparently.

Shawn Moody, a leading Republican candidate for governor of Maine, told local radio station WVOM that fire extinguishers "can be a great deterrent" in an active shooter situation. He suggested that teachers could arm themselves with the frothy cannons the next time someone decides to go on a rampage with a military-grade assault rifle at a school, because, apparently, covering a gunman in white foam will stop him right in his tracks.


"When you think about commonsense things, practical things we could do like, right now, there are fire extinguishers, dry chemical fire extinguishers in every commercial building, school, almost within a hundred feet of wherever you are," Moody said. "If anything happens, a teacher, anybody can break that glass, set the alarm off, grab that chemical fire extinguisher and spray it towards somebody. And I’ll tell you right now that could put them to their knees."

Level-headed guy that he is, Moody suggested that there was no need to pass new gun control measures—with fire extinguishers pretty much all over the place, what's the point? When neutralizing a school shooting is as easy as turning a classroom into a foam party, who needs expanded background checks or an assault rifle ban?

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