(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) As grandstanding Democrats like Texas gubernatorial candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke seek to politicize the Uvaldo school shooting, few remember that Leftists have repeatedly gone out of their way to avoid protecting students in the nation’s public schools.
In 2019, Democrats in Congress rejected a proposal by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that would have encouraged school districts to pay for firearms and firearms training for school-based staff.
“The last thing our classrooms need is for schools to be loaded up with weapons,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said at the time.
“That terrifies children who are already living in fear of being the next victim.”
And in 2020, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, more than 30 leftist-dominated school district boards voted to end school resource officer programs, which put police officers in schools. “Education Week” compiled a list of those schools that cut contracts with local police departments.
In the aftermath of the Uvaldo massacre, Texas Republicans have called for legislation allowing for armed teachers and more police officers in public schools, according to the Texas Tribune.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argued that Democrat efforts to ban guns are “not effective” and don’t “prevent crime,” in comments to reporters.
“Inevitably when there’s a murder of this kind . . . you see Democrats . . . try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cruz said. “That doesn’t work.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Newsmax he’d rather arm and train teachers.
“I’d much rather have law-abiding citizens armed and trained so that they can respond when something like this happens, because it’s not going to be the last time,” Paxton said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Cruz and former President Donald Trump are all going to speak at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston, according to the Tribune,