Bill would allow secret armed school ‘marshals’

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.”

The bill’s original co-authors include Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield; Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills; Diane Harkey, R-San Juan Capistrano; Brian Jones, R-Santee; and Don Wagner, R-Irvine.

Steven Colbert just last week was making fun of an Ohio school district that has chosen to let its janitors to carry guns.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Matthew McKinley

    Sign me up!

  • RR senile columnist

    Shoot to kill psychos, shoot to maim molesters. Hire Mr Zimmerman, former Fla. security expert.

  • JohnW

    Re: RR Senile Columnist — “…Hire Mr. Zimmerman…”

    Great idea. Replaces the inspirational theme of the movie, “Stand and Deliver” with the new theme of “Stand Your Ground.”

  • Patrick McNamara

    Well, if Steven Colbert made fun of it… end of discussion.

  • Josh Richman

    @5 – I fully understand that some see Colbert’s mockery as a solid reason to support the plan.

  • JohnW

    Colbert does Bill O’Reilly better than O’Reilly does.

    A school custodian packing a Glock or AR15 would give pause to kids who litter and write on walls. But not sure it would do much to protect students and teachers from crazy people with guns.