Lawmakers in Illinois voted to pass a plan to replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers. The Illinois House voted to pass the new legislation with some changes that put schools in jeopardy. The new legislation seeks to provide additional funding to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists to keep order in the hallways.
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The irresponsible changes dangle funding as an incentive to put children's lives at risk. Doing so invites more gun violence since kids will know there are no guns to defend the students. When another school shooting takes place at one of these schools that prioritized funding over student and faculty safety Democrats will be calling for more gun control.
The plan was proposed by Democrat Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch after hearing from advocates who argue that investing in mental health resources is the best way of treating the epidemic of violent attacks. This approach certainly carries some merit but not at the expense of the safety of student's lives. Welch's plan was backed by 16 other House Democrats and would allow schools to apply for an optional grant if they promise to reallocate funding for school law enforcement to mental health services.
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Rising tensions between communities and police departments are contributing to this mess, people don't trust law enforcement to protect them and with good reason but a "Gun Free Zone" sign is not going to protect anyone. It is actually disturbing that lawmakers would seek to take away from school security in order to hire more unarmed staff. Several years ago Israel had a school shooting problem, they armed their teachers and the problem soon went away.
Our representatives at the state level should be lobbying for what is proven to save lives, and that is armed security. Why is it these politicians use banks with armed guards, travel at airports with armed security, and have armed police guarding their courtrooms but when it comes to the future of the country, our children, they somehow don't deserve the same armed protection.
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