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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BlueLine210
BlueLine210

You seem to have ignored the part where they identified Oath Keepers as former law-enforcement and veterans. Not clowns like your chickenshit ass is. My guess is the closest thing to doing something dangerous is climbing up the stairs from your mommy's basement. Fucking cowardly keyboard warriors are the last people who should call men and women who put their lives on the line clowns. You are the clown, now go back to mommy and tell her how mean the internet was yo you.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@BlueLine210
First off, my parents are on the other side of the country. Second off, my house doesn't have a basement I live in california.

Third, did you ignore then part where the article said they are a fringe white... Excuse me, right, group that is preparing for a hostile government takeover?

Lastly, I'm a veteran as well, and I know clowns just like this. Theyre usually your garden variety grunt or Humvee driver... The kind that operate best when the are told when to wake up, when to take a shit, and when to go to sleep.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@BlueLine210
I bet the bravest thing you've done this week is try to stand up from the couch without rocking back and forth first, you fucking clown.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@smfrost
No, my comment has nothing to do with laying down arms. But if what the Oathkeepers are "training" for comes true, you will be just as successful with your rifle as you would be with a butter knife.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JJ7840
The NVA. You mean the fighting that took place decades ago, before unmanned vehicles cleared paths before infantry sets foot on land like we do today?

Yeah, you're right. Someone should have told the NVA.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@WarthoggA10
Northrop-Grumman, Boeing, and SPAWAR.

Wait, who do YOU think trains the military how to use and maintain advanced weapons?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@cshirreffs
If you noticr, I didn't say a thing about his actions. I think they're noble.

But the fact that he's doing it as an advertisement for the Oathkeepers is laughable.

Pay attention.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@BlueLine210, @cshirreffs wants us to stop calling people names.

cshirreffs
cshirreffs

Advertisement or not, it IS a noble thing to do. It would appear that he is proud of his organization and his commitment. t appears that they are committed to America and that is all I would ask.

cshirreffs
cshirreffs

I am not a prude and swear of the occasion arises but I think that the name calling is demeaning and ugly to both sides.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@cshirreffs
Understandable.

WarthoggA10
WarthoggA10

The Veterans are the ones, I did it for 20 years and haven't forgotten my training and could damn well use it if needed.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

"Security procedures", as cited by Krista Stockman, is that in every school shooting that I recall - the shooter came from that school and went through the same security procedures training. The shooter knows where, when and how the students will attempt to leave or where they will hide. Do you see a flaw in your planning? For the sake or our children, don't leave academics or politicians in charge of planning security.

b1rd
b1rd

While @Hi_estComnDenomn thinks the Oath Keepers are "a fringe white... Excuse me, right, group" and the Bundys are terrorists, he feels the Black panthers defence of their community with rifles is excusable. The main difference here is the Oath Keepers are defending ALL school kids. Don't get me wrong. I don't agree with them 100%. But anybody that would give a blanket statement about a certain group would be foolish in my opinion.

b1rd
b1rd

@WarthoggA10 I really don't think @Hi_estComnDenomn has much military knowledge except for what a person can Google. "Hi_estComnDenomn said: @WarthoggA10 Northrop-Grumman, Boeing, and SPAWAR. Wait, who do YOU think trains the military how to use and maintain advanced weapons?

The Veterans are the ones, I did it for 20 years and haven't forgotten my training and could damn well use it if needed."

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

If any person felt that they could offer some help, in a wake of the school shootings, DONT YOU THINK THAT WE COULD SAY AT LEAST, THANKYOU! any person who would like to help, to keep our student and staff SAFE, isnt it worth it!!! isnt it worth it?????? isnt it????????

b1rd
b1rd

@Jazzman67 you mean like the Black Panthers?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@WarthoggA10
You train people on advanced weaponry?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@WarthoggA10 or did you work for Northrop Grumman?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Jazzman67
Here's what came up when I looked them up.

USPatriot77
USPatriot77

As a former Army MP K-9 officer, Civilian LEO, and former OATH KEEPER, I will tell you this. There are literally thousands of highly trained combat soldiers, LE officers and security personnel who are retired that already have the training, CCW permits and are available NOW to perform the security duties needed to keep our children safe everyday. Many of these retired people would be willing to do this for free in many cases-the cost of any additional school training would/should be picked up by the local school districts or local community governments if these people are willing to donate their time and out their lives on the line for our kids. I am one of these people and will/would gladly donate my time and effort to get the necessary additional training required to do this if asked. Someone who volunteers and has all the training needed are much more likely to "run towards the gunfire" than someone who is being paid to do a JOB. Use these valuable assets that are in every community and save the money for the education of our kids. These "Security Personnel" could/would work hand in hand with the local LE agency in the area.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

What in the hell are you even talking about? Did you read the article? Here is the beginning part: An army veteran says he wants to protect the school with an AR-15 and handgun until additional security is in place. Where did it say he was taking on the military?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble the article clearly says:

"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."

coldheartedorb
coldheartedorb

I did...got a problem with that? What the author of the article injected was a fringe right group. That's funny... I know a lot of fringe left patriots that will do the same. Just debunked the "label" the writer of the article stuck on the group. Idiots fell for the label again. Where did he come up with that? Maybe the ACLU? I got some land I will sell you...

coldheartedorb
coldheartedorb

Some of you sheep do very little homework.

coldheartedorb
coldheartedorb

highest communist demon... Really.. you really live in a head like yours? Please bring to the discussion some facts and material with some meat. You are looking more like a neophyte every time you reply. I think Black Lives Matter is a better forum for your comments.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@coldheartedorb
Greeeeat. You did see when I said his actions were noble, right?

b1rd
b1rd

@coldheartedorb being as you said you have experience training military should cut @Hi_estComnDenomn off from claiming he trained anyone in the military. He usually stays away from comments that would expose his frauds.

wrodrigu7932
wrodrigu7932

It seems we have strayed off the main subject. My vote goes to those battle hardened individuals who are placing themselves at personal injury/death for children they don't even know, more power too you. Too many PC Nannies always thinking the worst, and not the potential Benefits.

Cielo
Cielo

I think what he's trying to do is good but not needed. As the article state, the school always has an armed police officer in the building and I am sure he can respond faster than the man waiting on the sidewalk of the school. What he is doing is very nice and sweet but I am sure he has other things to do. We pay taxes so there is no need for retired army men to work. We have a huge national guard and a massive military. I am sure we can find a way to keep the school safe and figure out a way to protect the young ones. Hopefully without spending any more money.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@coldheartedorb
😅 don't tell me where to comment, clown!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble
No problem

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Bronx is right. There was that... hmm what was it called? American Revolutionary War way back in 1775 when we decided we had enough of Great Britain's royal hiny up our butts making us do things they wanted us to do. At that time, it would have been unheard of to go against the then world's most powerful military with what probably to them was considered a rag tag bunch from here. This is why it is so important to maintain our second amendment rights. Just in case. Yes, no one wants to square off against the US Military, but in the situation where a seriously corrupt and evil government took control over us (think Germany in 1930s) we would have the means to take it back. 1 million or so in the US military vs 250 million adult aged people with guns. Numbers win in this case, assuming we all teamed up together. But then again, if it happened today, we'd probably fight each other instead of the government this nation is so divided. Hope I never live to see it happen.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble
250 million? You're being very very generous. With the US obesity rate concentrated in these oath keeper areas, and the median age of those willing to fight back against the government, I'll give you a SMOOTH 5 million that are all ready, willing, and able to fight.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble
Meanwhile, I'll be heading to Vancouver. Me being a "liberal snowflake" and all, that should do me well in a city as tolerant as vancouver.

No. 51-77
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.