Lawmaker: Use National Guard to Protect Schools

Washington Report

(February 27, 2018) Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., says the National Guard should protect schools until states, communities and local school boards can come up with a better fix. Speaking Saturday to WXIA-TV of Atlanta, Scott said he does not approve of arming teachers to solve the problem of school shootings like the one in Florida this month that killed 17 students and faculty members.

“The wrong thing to do is to talk about putting guns in the hands of teachers. Their job is to teach,” he said. “My suggestion, which I will bring to the floor next week, will be to put our National Guard to work. That’s what they’re there for. Whenever we have an emergency, we bring in our National Guard. That will give an immediate presence. They’re trained for firearms. They’re visible with firearms.”

Scott said, too, he would introduce legislation to ban assault weapons. The Florida shooter used an AR-15 to kill his victims in just a few minutes.

“I am a strong believer in the Second Amendment, but, my God, these kinds of weapons have no place right now,” he said.

As for his idea to use the Guard to protect schools, he said, “Each state has National Guard units. It is the governors of these states that can immediately deploy and get the presence in the schools so that we have that as we begin to work to build up a more permanent group of trained individuals who are secure, that can go in and take care of our schools.”

He said using uniformed Guardsman would “look as if we are serious. The first order of business is to show that our schools are safe.  . . . I’m simply saying we need a pool, right now, of people who can go in, who are trained with firearms, to be able to show and send a message to everybody out there, including these potential school shooters.”