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Analysis of Arkansas school security kicks off

State panel holds its first meeting

By Cynthia Howell

This article was published March 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Cheryl May (left), chairman of the Arkansas School Safety Commission, and Vice Chairman Bill Temple preside over the first meeting of the governor-created group on Tuesday at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.


The work of the new, 18-member Arkansas School Safety Commission -- appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson after the Parkland, Fla., school massacre -- is underway in its efforts to assess and make recommendations on schoolhouse safety measures.


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RBear says... March 19, 2018 at 7:19 a.m.

This is literally window dressing on the problem with very little actually going to schools to implement any recommendations. If you look at the money allocated, it comes down to thousand or so dollars per school if it were allocated today. However, you can be sure this commission will eat up a lot of the money before it comes to allocation for schools.
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Add in the money allocated by Congress over 10 years and that comes to about the same amount, if not less. Republican lawmakers continue to feign a desire to protect children or Americans in general, but are afraid to stand up to the NRA and other gun lobbies for fear they will be primaried by the radical voting electorate that supports candidates like Jan Morgan.
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Rational Republicans are caught between a rock and a hard place to do the right thing because Democrats will be waiting for them at the General election ready to point out the lack of true action by these lawmakers. Of course, that issue will be just one of many they will face but it will be a big one.
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Add to the Democrats an army of energized students who will have a LOT of time on their hands this summer to campaign for Democrats and you have a good setup for a pendulum swing as Caleb Talley wrote about in Arkansas Money and Politics just recently.

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GeneralMac says... March 19, 2018 at 9:17 a.m.

RBear's 3rd paragraph........." that issue will be just one of many, but it will be a big one"

I doubt gun control will rank no higher than #5 on even the DEMOCRATS' priority list.

RBear's 4th paragraph about " energized students"..............Did he even bother reading the article in yesterday's Democrat Gazette about how DIVIDED students across the country are on this issue? In many schools the percent that walked out was VERY SMALL.

In some schools there even were counter protests against gun control.

RBear lives in a liberal bubble!

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GeneralMac says... March 19, 2018 at 9:59 a.m.

Laura Hardy , a retired teacher, said she would not have continued to work if she were required to carry a gun.
????? "REQUIRED "...????????

Exactly which school district favors ......REQUIRING......every individual teacher to carry a gun ?

I sure hope this retired teacher didn't twist facts to suit her agenda while in the classroom !

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RBear says... March 19, 2018 at 4:59 p.m.

GM first of all, you seem to be bad at selective reading, pulling things out of context as if it provides you with a valid counterargument. It doesn't and actually shows ignorance unless it's used in support of a point instead of a counterpoint.
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Secondly, I did read the article and none of your points were in the article. In fact, the article pointed to a very small number of counter protests to gun control. The article stated that the vast majority of walkouts were in support of gun control. The article highlighted two or three incidents ACROSS THE NATION. In Arkansas alone, the number that walked out far outnumbered the counter protests nationwide.
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It's yet another example of how issue illiterate you are. You have a problem with many issues and can't seem to get the facts straight. I'm sure I'll get your copy and paste out of context quotes after this. Just shows your ignorance even more.

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