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Obama Administration Considering Funding for School Police

January 11, 2013  | 

Photo: POLICE file
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The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks.

The school safety initiative, one of several under consideration, would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association’s proposal for armed guards in every U.S. school.

The idea is gaining currency among some Democratic lawmakers, who see it as a potential area of common ground with Republicans who otherwise oppose stricter restrictions on firearms. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal Democrat from California, said she presented the plan to Vice President Biden and that he was "very, very interested" and may include it in the policy recommendations he makes to President Obama.

Read the full Washington Post story.

Tags: Campus Safety, Barack Obama, Grants


Comments (6)

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Chuck Haggard @ 1/14/2013 6:48 PM

Anyone who uses "clip" when they mean magazine has no business speaking about any issue regarding firearms.

Tom Ret @ 1/14/2013 6:48 PM

Putting police in schools is now a good idea to this administation? Am I correct in stating that the left anti gun people only a short time ago were mocking the NRA for such a proposal?

hank hill @ 1/14/2013 11:13 PM

depending on size of school all that is needed are one or two officers and some very good cctv!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doc @ 1/15/2013 3:08 AM

The liberals did complain, say "The NRA wants to put guns in the schools". The High schools have had police officers (with Guns), in the schools for Years, and the students have been safer. If the liberals had given Any thought to what the NRA had to say, they would have known it was true.
The liberals can drop the issue of "gun control", because that has already failed. They use the term "gun violence", but there is no such thing, the issue is "Violent Crime" and the Violent criminals that never seem to get enough punishment. The murder of children and others that were wounded in Arizona, didn't result in a death penalty, that killer only got life at tax payer expense. It would seem like people like Gabby Giffords would support punishing violent criminals, instead of failed gun control, she must be getting paid big bucks, like Sarah Brady! I've been hit by drunk drivers and injured (more than once), you won't me trying to ban cars or limit the speed that they can go.

Frank @ 1/15/2013 6:46 AM

Considering?? The Feds should. It's "all about the children" and my local tax bill reflects this. The Feds suceeded in building another Federal mess with TSA and Homeland Security with a sky's the limit budget. They could have chosen the smart route except their wimps by following the Israel's plan of profiling. So its 180 days at roughly 5-7 hours per day. It's actually part-time endeavor with positive results. Plus the LEO's can monitor drug activity and many other criminal activity in some of the school systems. But we have Touchee Feelie politician that say "Guns in my school". The problem with this type of stuff is every state has their own way of dealing with problems.So make it a Federal law and get it done.

Billy @ 1/24/2013 6:01 PM

Is school security a waste of tax-payer funds? I think not. Millions in foreign aid to countries who despise us is a waste of tax dollars, the $108 billion in payments that were worong or sent to the wrong people in FY-12 is a waste of tax dollars. $220 million on a presidential inaugruation is a waste of tax dollars. Lots put those dollars to work protecting our kids, not giving away and wasting! Let's also quit wasting time, effort and dollars trying to ban "assault weapons" another measure that will do NOTHING to save us from "Active Shooters."

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