Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is fighting to ensure federal money cannot be used to arm teachers for self-defense or train armed teachers for classroom defense, Breitbart reports.
Murphy is joined by Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT).
In fact, most- if not all dems are against the idea.
Education Week reports that Murphy and Hayes released resolutions designed to bar the U.S. Department of Education from using funds to arm teachers for self-defense or train those teachers in the best usage of firearms.
“Teachers have way too much to do today as it is,” Murphy said at a news conference. “They need to be educators, they need to be social workers, they need to be grief counselors. They don’t need to be marksmen.”
Murphy and Hayes—a former National Teacher of the Year whose Connecticut district includes Newtown, the site of a 2012 school shooting— said their resolution would clarify existing law.
Their move follows months of sparring between lawmakers and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over whether states can allow schools to use federal grant funds provided through Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act to arm teachers or provide firearms training. Student Support and Academic Enrichment funds under Title IV can be broadly used to provide “a well-rounded education,” improve school safety and conditions for learning, and to improve the use of technology in schools.
“As a teacher, I would have never wanted the responsibility…of securing a firearm with 1300 children,” Hayes said Thursday, adding that federal funds shouldn’t be siphoned away from needs like hiring student support personnel and buying new learning materials. In an emergency situation, Hayes wouldn’t want her husband, a police officer, to have to quickly determine if an armed adult was a shooter or a teacher trying to protect his or her students, she said.
Keeping guns out of classrooms.
Whereas Congress has consistently made clear that it is unlawful for Federal funds to be used for training or arming school personnel with firearms;
Whereas Congress passed the STOP School Violence Act of
2018 (title V of division S of Public Law 115–141) in
response to the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and
amended part AA of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10551 et
seq.) to specify that ‘‘No amounts provided as a grant
[for school security under such part] may be used for the
provision to any person of a firearm or training in the
use of a firearm.’’;
Whereas section 4102 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7113), as added by section
4101 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law
114–95; 129 Stat. 1970), defines drug and violence prevention in schools as including the ‘‘creation . . . of a
school environment that is free of weapons’’;
Whereas existing research demonstrates that training or arming school personnel with firearms will not make school
Cutter Morning Star district Superintendent Nancy Anderson told the panel of a time she heard three gunshots on an elementary playground. Armed, she rushed to respond as the gunman ran away.
“I was never so happy, and never so relieved, and never so empowered that I knew I had a gun and I could protect our children,” she said.
But dems don’t get it.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.