The AP reports that “Arkansas school districts can’t use a little-known state law to employ teachers and staff as guards who can carry guns on campus, the state’s attorney general said Thursday in an opinion that likely ends a district’s plan to arm more than 20 employees when school starts later this year.” Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wrote that “Simply put, the code in my opinion does not authorize either licensing a school district as a guard company or classifying it as a private business authorized to employ its own teachers as armed guards.” This after David Hopkins, school superintendent for Clarksville, appeared this morning on NBC’s Today Show to tout their armed teacher program . . .
“Obviously we’re going to comply with the law. We’re not going to break the law,” Hopkins says, now. “We wanted to provide the training and give the sense of a secure place for our parents and students. I tell you, this has really thrown a monkey wrench into it.”
So it’s off to the legislature or the courts. Only the legislature rejected a concealed carry carve-out for teachers (with increased training) back in February. Anyway, meanwhile, the AR AG said his opinion doesn’t affect districts’ ability to hire private security companies or use law enforcement as school resource officers. Go school militarization!
Question: why should anyone’s natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms end at the school gate anyway? The People of the Gun really need to kick President George Bush The Elder’s Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 to the curb before someone gets hurt. Oh wait . . .