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Action star Steven Seagal was in Phoenix to help controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio train his volunteer armed posses to protect schools in case of a shooting.
According to The Associated Press, shortly after the Newtown, CT tragedy, Arpaio, who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” announced his plan to allow armed volunteer posses to guard schools. On Saturday, he and Segal trained posses at a closed school near Phoenix. There, SWAT members were the shooters and teenagers acted as the children.
Seagal lead training for hand-to-hand combat, thanks to his martial arts expertise.
Arizona Democratic House Minority Leader Chad Campbell slammed the idea of using Seagal to train, calling it “ludacris.”
Campbell, a critic of Arpaio’s posse plan, added, “Steve Seagal is an actor. That's it. Why don't we also have Clint Eastwood and Chuck Norris and Bruce Willis come out and train them too while we're at it.”
ABC News reports that Seagal responded to critics, telling the media, “Anybody who has criticized me or the sheriff for standing up to help the children, in my opinion, is an embarrassment to the human race.”
Arpaio defended his plans as well, adding, “I want everybody to know that we are going to be around those schools and if you do something, we will be armed and we are going into the schools to save our kids.”
Seagal is a volunteer posse member and has already been deputized in counties in Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. The Under Siege star also had a reality show titled steven Seagal: Lawman.