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Deploying National Guard to Schools?

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM
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Question: How do you feel about this in YOUR kids school?

Options:

Ahhhhh! Police state! Heck NO!

Why not, we already have cops.

My kids go to school? when did this happen?!

We need better protection, but maybe this is a bit extreme.

Good! Bad Guys are less likey to attack with Soldiers and Weapons in the area!

I like the taste of purple!


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Total Votes: 24

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WASHINGTON — Federal funds would be made available to deploy National Guard troops at schools under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in response to last week’s mass slaying at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The Save Our Schools Act would leave it to governors to decide whether to call out the National Guard and how to use troops around schools.

"Is it not part of the national defense to make sure that your children are safe?" Boxer said at Capitol Hill press conference.

Boxer also introduced the School Safety Enhancement Act, which would increase funding for a federal grants program, from $30 million to $50 million, to help fund school security measures, such as installation of metal detectors and surveillance cameras.

PHOTOS: Connecticut school shooting

The bills are among the first of what is expected to be a wave of legislative proposals intended to curb gun violence, including tougher gun control and new measures aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.

"The slaughter of the innocents must stop," she said. "We must keep our schools safe by utilizing all of the law enforcement tools at our disposal."

Boxer said the National Guard legislation is modeled after a program in place since 1989 that allows governors to use the National Guard to aid law enforcement in anti-drug operations. Troops could be deployed at schools, or assigned to desk jobs at police stations to free up local law enforcement to patrol schools.

Citing 258 shooting deaths at U.S. schools since 1999, Boxer said, "Whoever says this is not the right time, I say this, 'When is the right time?'"

FULL COVERAGE: Shooting at Connecticut school

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-sen-boxer-national-guard-schools-20121219,0,7530900.story

I think it's a great idea. Any thoughts?
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM
Why such ridiculous answers? I mean, I could understand silliness in a post that is silly, but this is a serious issue. Smh
cueballsmom
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM
Quoting Anonymous:

Why such ridiculous answers? I mean, I could understand silliness in a post that is silly, but this is a serious issue. Smh

There are only two silly answers. Actually one if you figure that moms of kids under 5 would most likely take the third option.

Everything needs a bit of humor. Without humor, there is no life.
cueballsmom
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

BUMP!

cueballsmom
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

BUMP!

cueballsmom
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

BUMP!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I doubt they would do it at our school. The police station is right by the school.

bmw29
by spitfire_bobbie on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I think it's a good idea but I wouldn't want them in my son's school. We homeschool and that would just be awkward.

mistie900
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

 This may not be the best idea but at least they are actually trying to do something. It seems in the past nothing was ever done. They just said "We have to do something!" and then forgot about it. (Maybe I just didn't watch the news as much then though)

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM
1 mom liked this
Haha!


Quoting bmw29:

I think it's a good idea but I wouldn't want them in my son's school. We homeschool and that would just be awkward.


travelbunny
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

They won't do it at my siblings' school.  In fact according to my sister who is a 7th grader they didn't even talk to them about the shooting in Newton.  And they didn't bother to up security for my sister's musical that they were working on last semester for her music class last night either at the high school.

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