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Donnelly proposes school marshal plan

Bill would be modeled after air marshals program

HESPERIA • Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was cool to President Barack Obama's 23-point gun-control plan, adding that he plans to introduce a school marshal bill to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons.

“It is disappointing at best to see the president politicizing this tragedy to impose an anti-Second Amendment agenda that would have done nothing to prevent the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, said in a statement. “All his plan will do is make it more costly and more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Constitutional right.”

Donnelly, whose district includes most of the High Desert, said criminals will always have firearms and they will ignore restrictions. The president’s plan will only impact people who would never have misused their firearms in the first place, the assemblyman said.

“We must hold criminals, not inanimate steel objects, accountable for their actions. And we must not criminalize responsible, freedom-loving citizens exercising their natural right as Americans,” he said. “The purpose of the Second Amendment is to defend freedom against tyranny.”

Donnelly said he plans to introduce a measure to create the school marshal program, modeled after the highly successful air marshals program. This would give teachers the ability to receive training and become qualified to carry concealed weapons anonymously on their person at their school.

“In light of the incredible bravery and selfless heroism of teachers like Vickie Soto, it would be morally wrong to leave the next teacher confronted by a deranged killer defenseless. As the president said, he is happy his daughters are protected by armed guards at school. I hope he will support the rest of us protecting our children too.”

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