California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer has introduced legislation following the Sandy Hook school massacre that would allow military occupation of public schools.
Under the proposed law, state governors would have the authority to post National Guard troops at school doors or use them to perform administrative duties to free up police officers and sheriff’s deputies to safeguard schools, according to the Rancho Mirage Democrat.
Boxer claims posting soldiers at schools and having them perform administrative duties would not violate Posse Comitatus.
“The slaughter of the innocents must stop,” Boxer said during a news conference in Washington. “We have to do more than talk because we’ve talked before, we’ve cried before, we’ve lamented before. So we have to act.”
Boxer announced a related bill during the news conference. It would increase the number of security cameras and metal detectors in schools under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program administered by the Justice Department.
She urged Congress to include her proposals in any legislation that will be taken up by Congress in January in response to the Connecticut shooting. Boxer’s news conference on Wednesday preceded one held by Obama where he appointed vice president Joe Biden to oversee a national task force on rolling back the Second Amendment.
Many public education institutions in the United States now resemble locked down prisons with heavy police presence, impromptu drug searches (including strip searches), chainlink fences and security perimeters, real-time surveillance cameras (in the UK, cameras monitor bathrooms), and RFID badges.
In 2004, studies revealed that 60 percent of high school teachers reported armed police officers stationed at their schools, and in 2005 nearly 70 percent of public school students between the ages of 12 and 18 said police officers or security guards patrolled their hallways, according to the ACLU.