Tax guns instead of arming teachers, California lawmaker proposes | The Sacramento Bee

Following the February school massacre in Parkland, Fla., California legislators responded as they often do after a mass shooting, with proposals to further tighten the state’s strict gun control laws . But the killings – and a national protest movement that they inspired – have also raised questions across the country about how best to keep children safe in school. Assembly Bill 2497 , unveiled last month by Assemblyman Jim Cooper , would create a tax on firearm and ammunition sales to fund grants for high schools that want to hire police to provide campus security. The money would also pay for a counselor at every middle school, whose primary responsibility would be to detect and report potential threats of violence. "It sickens me to think about all the kids who have lost their lives in the school shootings that are plaguing our country," Cooper, an Elk Grove Democrat, […]

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