With Assembly Democrats having proposed a slew of new gun control legislation in the wake of last month’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, Assembly Republicans are about to roll out a gun-violence plan of their own: Arming teachers or other school employees in secret.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, is holding a news conference tomorrow morning at the State Capitol to announce the introduction of “the School Marshal Plan” to protect children from violent intruders in the classroom.
“This measure authorizes school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to use general purpose funds to provide training to qualified, volunteer teachers, administrators, or janitors who are willing to carry firearms on campus as part of the school marshal plan,” the news release says.
“In light of recent tragedies involving violent intruders in our classrooms, we have a moral imperative to protect the children in our schools. We must do so without abandoning our oath and duty to safeguard the Constitutional rights of every Californian,” the release says. “This bill will empower local school districts to protect the lives entrusted to their care, and will protect the School Marshal from identification so they do not become targets.”