Veteran Armed With AR-15 Stands Guard Outside Of Indiana High School

An army veteran says he wants to protect the school with an AR-15 and handgun until additional security is in place.

Fort Wayne, IN – An army veteran found a spot just off of school property and is standing guard over a high school with an AR-15 and pistol.

Mark Cowan said he was moved to do something in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, according to WANE-TV.

Cowan told the TV station he is there to protect the students and staff.

WANE reported that Cowan has been in contact with the neighborhood police and the school’s security officer. Cowan said he’d stay until the school district puts in place additional security measures.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Spokeswoman Krista Stockman released a statement.

“We take the security of our schools very seriously,” the statement said. “We understand he has a right to be out there, but we do not believe it adds to the safety of our students. At North Side, as at all of our schools, we have security procedures in place. In addition, at North Side, we have armed police officers in the building every day.”

WANE identified Cowan as a member of Oath Keepers. In the video, he wore an Oath Keepers jacket.

The organization is a fringe-right group that actively works to recruit current and former military and first responders to prepare for the hostile takeover of local governments by the federal government or a foreign government.

What do you think of volunteers standing guard outside of schools in preparation for a school shooting? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

lol as long as you're willing to admit it. Go check into a hospital and take advantage of that free universal healthcare. Perhaps they're working on a cure for that liberal side. Just have to find yourself a citizen to marry.

WarthoggA10
WarthoggA10

Well kind of I guess I did. I did 9 years in the Army as a 67N30 (Huey) and then as a 67Y (Cobra) mechanic.

I then ETS'd from the Army and then joined the USAF and was a Munitions Systems Specialist and then Logistics after I got hurt while deployed for the war in Kosovo. I am now rated at 100% disabled by the VA.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble
Well I'm already married and we both have highly transferable skills, so we will be just fine.

But if you think I'm standing side by side with good ol boys, you haven't listened to a word I've said on this site.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@WarthoggA10
Thanks for your service. And as far as advanced weaponry, I'm talking guided missles, drones, image satellites, etc. All of that is built and taught to service members by contractors.

WarthoggA10
WarthoggA10

Well we uncrated and assembled Mavricks, Sidewinders and Sparrow' s.

We also built up the MK82 and MK84 either guided smart bombs like those used heavily in Desert Storm or "dumb" unguided bombs.

Also loaded chaff and flare modules, loaded the 20mm on the F-16 and the 30mm on the A-10. I left the military in 2001 and at that time drones were still in development.

coldheartedorb
coldheartedorb

The armed police SRO on campus in Florida didn't work. He couldn't even tell where the shots were coming from. Three more showed up and did nothing. NO EXCUSES, they are trained to go in and stop the threat. They had a perfect number to do it. A squad of 4 and they all had the same training. When seconds count....police are only minutes away. Until people understand this...they are sitting ducks. Police training also consist of muzzle report location. How to determine the area of fire in a congested structure area. I suspect he knew the shooter was in the building and so did the other three. Not one of them moved to closer position. They stayed at a distance listening as children were murdered. Rules of engagement folks. They only followed what they were directed to do by a far less than par leadership.

SnowflakeMelter
SnowflakeMelter

You must be ignorant to the fact that the military is sworn to protect the constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. This is of course up to the interpretation of each given soldier. If the proverbial %!%# were to hit the fan, there would likely be a well-sized chunk of the military who would join forces with militia-like groups such as oath keepers.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SnowflakeMelter
Alright, so now the militia has more hand guns and rifles. Will the defectors also be stealing tanks and drones?

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Mark Cowen, I salute you

believer2003
believer2003

he has right he is not on school property.

SnowflakeMelter
SnowflakeMelter

There would likely be a mixture of one-off defactors, like low level soldiers, and larger groups of them led by commanders who would defend the constitution as originally written. So yes, I believe the tools would be there, more likely in the latter case than the former.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SnowflakeMelter
If you believe that, then I don't know how you don't hurt yourself in your sleep constantly. That's the dumbest thing I've heard this month.

SnowflakeMelter
SnowflakeMelter

Haha, well, I'm not surprised by your reaction. Reasoning sounds dumb to people who don't think for themselves, but rather echo ideas they've heard in the media. Not all the military, but I would say a good portion of it, are true patriots who would die before they see our freedoms die. I'm a patriot. You?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SnowflakeMelter
You're not even aware of the conversation you just hopped into. I was talking to others about military weapons, and how no matter how many pistols and rifles a militia has, they don't stand a chance against current military weaponry.

Also, I made it clear that if that day comes, I'm moving to Canada. There is no way in hell I'm standing shoulder to shoulder with good ol boys against the US military.

Call me what you want, just don't expect me to ever stand shoulder to shoulder with any extremist, left or right.

ckmoore101
ckmoore101

Obviously all of your military knowhow comes from movies. Us who has served, while serving, doing our daily menial tasks, we pass the time by talking, laughing, jeering, cursing, and asking each other what if scenarios. One of those, that EVERY GI has ever asked, is what to do when you have the "unlawful order" given. In my 13 years of active duty, not one person has ever said they would execute an unlawful order. So yes, there would be a very high percentage of military members, that would not fire on civilians in this worse case scenario of tyranny from the government. So it is not a given, that the US government would run roughshod over the US civilian population.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ckmoore101 You're just as dumb as he is. Follow the thread from the top, dummy. No one said there won't be military members that would go against orders. My very first comment on this thread was that a bunch of people with pistols and rifles will not ever square up evenly against the military.

I'm not sure when you served, but I imagine it was way before the prevalence of image satellites, drones, etc. Advanced weaponry. I repeat: how would any number of individuals be able to stand toe to toe against the US military, with drones, satellites, and a dedicated cyber division? The only match for the US military is the Chinese military.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ckmoore101 oh yeah, I'm a veteran too. and I'd bet money I served more recently than you did. If ever the unlawful order was given, those service members with common sense would try to get as far away from conflict centers as possible, because we operate the equipment that scares the shit out of us.

SnowflakeMelter
SnowflakeMelter

I was aware; I read the entire thread. Of course I agree that the entire military organized with solidarity against a militia population would crush it. However, I'm saying that this would not happen. In a case where TSHTF domestically because the government was trying to take freedoms provided by the constitution in large swaths, a good portion of the military would go against the tyranical government. You are free to flee to Canada, and I hope I'm never given the chance to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in such a situation. Hopefully such a situation never happens.

b1rd
b1rd

@SnowflakeMelter I agree. I hope this situation never happens. Don't worry though, @Hi_estComnDenomn would never stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone that supports the constitution.

fightinsanity
fightinsanity

Thank God for as brave man who has the b----s to do what needs to be done. He is not hurting anyone but is trying to keep kids safe. He knows how to handle a gun and is only doing this because no one else is doing the job well enough. Thumbs up to Mark Cowan. Thumbs down to those who are too cowardly to do the same.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ckmoore sure it's not as cut and dry. what I'm saying is, you don't millions of people to operate advanced weaponry. it wouldn't take long at all for the military to pinpoint strongholds with satellites, and the all but cripple communications with cyber attacks.

If the military attacks the US, a ground war will be clean up. Most of the major damage will be done through computer screens.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ckmoore101 and Afghanistan hasn't been smashed into the ground because we are out there protecting the poppy fields. Drug money is good as long as we're the ones making it.