Bill Would Have National Guard Protect Schools
Barbara Boxer: 'Is it not part of the national defense to make sure our children are safe?'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 19, 2012 3:39 PM CST
Barbara Boxer is seen on Capitol Hill in this file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Would you feel safer sending your kids to school if the National Guard was outside? Well, that could be a possibility if Barbara Boxer has her way. The California senator has introduced a bill that would allow local governments to use the Guard to enhance school security, Politico reports. That could mean Guard troops literally standing outside school entrances, or it could mean putting them to work improving school infrastructure, or even helping police with desk work, so that more cops could guard schools.

The bill is modeled on legislation that allowed states to use the Guard to help with border security. She said some of the $640 billion spent on national defense should be used to protect schools—"Is it not part of the national defense to make sure our children are safe?" Meanwhile, some states are considering the idea of arming teachers.

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sunniladi
Dec 20, 2012 1:20 PM CST
repealing the 2nd amendment isn't the solution. weapons will ALWAYS be available through the black market to those who want them bad enough, and generally, to those who should absolutely NOT have them. weapons can be smuggled into this country just as easily as drugs are. as for the national guard, they don't have the numbers to guard every school in this country. seems like there really isn't a solution...yet...
Observer
Dec 20, 2012 1:19 PM CST
This is an absolutely insane, dangerous idea. Conditioning the children to accept armed military guards. NO WAY! This is a sick path to martial law. People start screaming loudly against this Gestapo tactic. Call Congress and write letters demanding this idea be nuked.
whattodo
Dec 20, 2012 10:45 AM CST
I do not think that having Troops outside or even Cops inside is sending a Healthy message to children, however when all is said & done Democrats do love to closely supervise everything, what I fear may eventually happen is some cop threatening a child with dire retribution if the child does not stop asking to go to the Toilet, albeit this would be one or maybe 2 years down the road. More Legislation is the problem, this consumes more money that could otherwise have been spent on providing better teachers & other Educational assets. Yes Security is of Paramount importance with Society & especially Schools. Prior to 1994 the type of School attacks rarely occurred, so I guess the sensible course would be to discover what happened in 1994 that could have a bearing on what has happened since. Whenever ANY piece of Legislation is passed their will always be unintended consequences, usually these are discovered fairly speedily & addressed, unfortunately the one big problem of the 1994 Legislation was to BAN anyone from bringing a Firearm onto School property. That part of the 1994 Legislation should be repealed. But UNFORTUNATELY for the USA President Obama has seen fit to appoint the dunderhead who proposed thee 1994 Legislation. GOD help our Children with that man proposing anything in future. The answer is HOME SCHOOLING.