The bill to disarm teachers and staff—including school employees who are victims of domestic violence—has passed the last of its legislative hurdles and is now sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk.
Breitbart News first reported this effort on May 12, 2017, as Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D) pushed AB 424 with the aim of disarming teachers in the five districts which allow them to carry for self-defense. Those districts are Kern High School District, Kingsburg Joint Union High School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Anderson Union High School District, and Palo Cedro’s North Cow Creek School District.
McCarty’s bill disarms teachers by rescinding an allowance whereby district superintendents were empowered to allow teachers and/or staff with concealed carry permits to carry on campus for self-defense. He attempted to justify rendering teachers defenseless by saying, “A safe learning environment is essential for our children to be successful in the classroom. That’s not possible if a school district allows armed civilians to roam California school campuses.”
But how can recreating the very setting that existed at Sandy Hook Elementary be part of a “safe learning environment”? What can unarmed teachers can do in the event of an attack—throw books?
Additionally, the Los Angeles Times reports that McCarty’s bill includes disarmament for teachers and/or staff even in the event that they are “[victims] of domestic violence.”
Despite numerous reports on the dangers of rendering teachers defenseless—and the obvious dangers of rending domestic violence victims defenseless—Democrats in the California Assembly passed the bill and this week Democrats in the Senate passed it as well. The measure is now with Gov. Brown.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.