Senator: Use National Guard to Secure Schools

(Dec. 20, 2012) Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., thinks National Guard troops are part of the answer for making America’s schools more safe for students and teachers.

In response to the horrific mass murder in Newtown Conn., last week, Boxer thinks her idea is preferable to arming teachers and school administrators, which has been proposed by some.

“I believe in protecting our schools with trained law enforcement,” she said, according to a report today in Politico, a Washington, D.C., publication that covers the government. “This proposal is an answer to that proposal.”

She said the legislation she has yet to introduce would be modeled after the law that allows the Guard to help with border security. One possibility is to let Guardsmen relieve police officers at their desks so more cops could patrol schools.

If governors used Guardsmen to help with school security, the funding would come from federal dollars. Boxer noted that the Defense Department budget is $640 billion, some of which should be used to protect schools.

“Is it not part of the national defense to make sure our children are safe?” she said.