Ten years ago, ammosexuals in the South Dakota Legislature enacted a school gunslinger program, allowing schools to let armed civilians (“school sentinels”) patrol their hallways just itching for a gunfight. Most sensible school districts have declined to take the Legislature up on that offer, recognizing that more guns and gunslingers in schools won’t make schools safer.
Determined to force our schools to affirm his ammosexuality, Senator Brent Hoffman (R-9/Hartford) proposes Senate Bill 34, which would require all schools (not just districts, but every school building) to have “immediately available” either school sentinels or school resources officers. To further get local control out of the way of gun-nuttiness, SB 34 repeals the statues allowing citizens to refer a school’s adoption of school sentinels to a public vote.
Senator Hoffman himself admits there’s not much for his SB 34 state-mandated gunslingers to shoot at:
Hoffman says despite a lack of mass school shootings in the state, representatives shouldn’t wait for something to happen before passing preventative measures.
“Yes, here in glorious South Dakota we’ve not been the site of a mass shooting but that doesn’t mean we won’t be, or we can’t be. So, the concern of parents is ‘What can we do to make our schools some of the safest in the nation,” said Hoffman [Adrian Carbajal, “State Legislator Proposes Bill Aimed at Preventing Mass School Shootings,” KEVN-TV, 2023.12.22].
There are real problems to solve in schools, but legislators like Senator Brent Hoffman would rather play John McClane than propose real solutions to do real good for South Dakota’s students and teachers.