A group of seven Republican state lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would allow school districts to use education funds to train teachers, administrators and janitors to use guns so they can protect campuses from violent intruders.Yes, I live in a state where an assemblyman can be fined for stashing a loaded gun in his airline luggage and still consider himself a valuable legislative voice in deciding how to best keep the rest of us safe. Point taken, other states.
The lawmakers, led by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino, made the proposal in response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six adults.
Donnelly, who once pleaded no-contest to bringing a loaded gun to Ontario airport and was fined more than $2,200 fine, said the school marshal program would provide the same sense of security, making sure those carrying concealed weapons have permits and training and making sure nobody would know who the school marshal is.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Chafee dishes on pro-war Democrats:
|Former Senator and former Republican Lincoln Chafee has a memoir that won't go down well with the political establishment in Washington of either party. According to Scott MacKay, who saw an advance copy, Chafee excoriates George Bush and Republican extremists as well as the Iraq-war enablers among the Democrats.
There's little in his criticisms of Republican leaders that readers here would find surprising or controversial. Chafee does say that he should have left the party when Sen. Jeffords did, but stayed because he feared RI would suffer reprisals from Bush and GOP congressional leaders just as Vermont had after Jeffords's defection.
He has a lot to say about the rush to war in Iraq. Chafee asked for a private briefing with top CIA officials about the evidence on Iraqi WMD. And just as Robin Cook had discovered on the opposite side of the Atlantic when he got a similar briefing on Feb. 20, 2003, it was transparent that the "evidence" was garbage. Chafee also implies that the CIA analysts knew that all too well.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin had polling from New York and Pennsylvania on proposed gun policies, and Gov. Cuomo's approval ratings in the wake of policy changes in his state. Armando joined in on the economic figures, plus took a turn bashing Joe Scarborough. Then, the day's crazy gun stories, including an ongoing school shooting/hostage situation taking place in the background of today's Senate gun policy hearing, and readings of Alex Seitz-Wald's rebuttal of David Mamet, and Paul Buchheit's, "The Extremist Cult of Capitalism."