April 17, 2013: “I wouldn’t want my child in a classroom with a teacher who had a gun." -- Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo).
Sacramento reporter Patrick McGreevey posted tonight in the Los Angeles Times that the state Assembly Education Committee rejected today a proposal to allow school districts to train teachers and administrators to use guns to protect campuses against armed intruders. Modeled after the air marshal program, the proposed school marshal program would exempt from public disclosure information on which teachers or administrators were authorized to carry concealed weapons on campus. As reported in the Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert, "under current law, the California Public Records Act requires disclosure of concealed weapon permit holders.
...Only one member of the seven-member committee voted for the bill introduced by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), at left, in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook....
Donnelly said his school marshal program would serve as a deterrent to campus violence because school districts would openly act to participate. Criminals would not know which teachers, if any, might be carrying a firearm, he said.
“It would send a very clear signal to a would-be deranged killer,” Donnelly said.
As U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) said tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show in the wake of the this afternoon's U.S. Senate killing the background-check gun control compromise bill, "The Republicans have made it very clear. They just sort of want to pass out guns to everyone, the good guys and the bad guys, and let them shoot it out and hope the good guys win."