GOP’s New Plan To Protect Schools

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This could work well.

On Friday (June 3), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took to Twitter to express his desire to see retired and former military members step up to enhance security in schools.

In the wake of the elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults, Graham posted in a four-part Twitter thread that the U.S. has “hundreds of thousands” former military members “who could bring a lot to the table” to protect and secure schools.

The South Carolina Republican also mentioned his intentions to create a certification process for former military members, which would enable them to secure schools across the country.

Graham added, “ROTC instructors with firearms training should be allowed to possess weapons to enhance school security.”

He then expressed his desire to work across the aisle, “something that was absent from President Biden’s address to the nation.”

The Senator then concluded that “It is time to mobilize our retired and former service members who are willing to help secure our schools,” adding that schools are “soft targets” that contain “our most valuable possession – our children, the future of our country – and must be protected.”

Graham’s comments reflect the GOP-led effort to increase security at schools, a less direct attempt at rejecting calls by Democrats to impose greater gun restrictions.

However, Texas officials and reporting in the media reveal many of the suggestions offered by the GOP to increase school security were already in place when the Uvalde massacre occurred.