If you’ve been decrying the militarization of law enforcement, hold on to your hats boys and girls. because crap just got real.
Senator Barbara Boxer, seeking to be heard in the din of “do something” that has gripped the beltway, trotted out her own idea of how to prevent the Sandy Hook tragedy from ever happening again. Her brainiac idea? Bring in the National Guard:
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., proposed using National Guard troops to help make schools across the nation safer and avoid another shooting like last week at Sandy Hook.
“Three hundred million weapons are out there, nothing I know is going to change that. And in the meantime we better — we darn better — keep our kids safe,” Sen. Boxer said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “And if we avoid looking at that question I think we are failing.”
The Save Our Schools Act (SOS) would allow the federal government to reimburse Governors who want to use National Guard troops in schools and is modeled after the National Guard program that allows governors to use the Guard to assist with law enforcement efforts related to drug interdiction activities.
“So we take a successful program and we say we’re going to add a new purpose,” Boxer said. “National guard troops could be used to help support local law enforcement agencies in protecting our children at schools.”
Because really? What could be more awesome than armed troops in our schools?
Now, if one believes that teachers shouldn’t be armed under any circumstances, why would you want armed troops hanging the school? After all, a teacher with a concealed carry permit - or even one trained at taxpayer expense - will most likely have their weapon in a very inconspicuous location.
National Guard troops? An M-4 in their hands and an M-9 on thier hip, plain as day. Just one momentary lapse in judgement could result in something as bad as Sandy Hook. While the vast majority of troops are professionals, they’re not immune to human nature. Week after week of boring, with nothing happening, and they may get easily distracted. That’s all it can take.
This says nothing about the expense to taxpayers. Not that Boxer would ever worry about that. After all, it’s only money.
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