Thursday, April 4, 2013

Legislation Calls for Armed Guards in Every Indiana School

When the NRA's Wayne LaPierre responded to New Town with the suggestion that school personnel be armed to the teeth, it was hard to take that ludicrous proposal seriously, but apparently Indiana Republican legislators did. Seriously enough that the House Education Committee proposed legislation that would mandate an armed protection officer for each school. These officers could be trained principals, teachers, staff members, police officers or security guards. "This is a common-sense approach to a horrible situation," said Rep. Jim Lucas, who led the effort to add the protection-officer mandate to Senate Bill 1. Should the amendment be accepted, Indiana would be the only state to have such a requirement. Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Gov. Pence don't agree with the plan, with Pence thinking armed protection officers should be local option. Speculation is that the Republican budget with find ten million dollars to pay for training and firearms. Read more here and here.