Senator Proposes Military Occupation of Schools in Wake of Sandy Hook Shooting
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.