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by Sharon Rondeau

South Dakota and North Dakota were admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889

(Mar. 8, 2013) — The state of South Dakota is the first state to pass a law allowing teachers to carry firearms in schools since the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the bill on Friday.

Unlike other states such as Utah which allow teachers to be armed in schools, the new South Dakota law specifies that “a sentinel” can be approved by local police departments, trained, and placed in any school system requesting it.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) had advocated for the law in the South Dakota legislature and touted its “flexibility.”  Opponents such as school administrators and teachers’ associations reportedly did not believe that an armed sentinel would make schools safer and wanted more time to review various options.  However, the new bill will not force anyone to carry a firearm against his or her will.

A poll done in South Carolina showed that two-thirds of adults want armed guards in schools but do not favor teachers doubling as security guards.  Putative Vice President Joe Biden has stated that armed guards are “an option” in schools and has admitted that he owns and carries guns despite the Obama regime’s desire to ban assault weapons and restrict access to high-capacity ammunition clips.  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California indicated that schools should be able to obtain federal funds for a “community policing presence.”

A similar poll in Virginia indicates strong support of armed school officers.  A bill to allow armed resource officers in Pennsylvania schools was introduced in the Commonwealth’s legislature on Thursday.

Since Newtown, various school systems have chosen to place armed guards in schools, including in Jordan, MN; Simpsonville, SC; and Newtown, CT.

Unlike the rest of the country, South Dakota has experienced a burgeoning economy during the last dozen years and “ranks 12th of the 50 states.”  South Dakota also moved from 35th in disposable per-capita income in 2000 to tenth in 2011.  Its culture includes teaching children to hunt and use guns safely before reaching their teen years.

The state of Georgia is considering a bill which would allow legal gun owners to take a firearm into some buildings where they are currently banned.

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  1. “Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California indicated that schools should be able to obtain federal funds for a “community policing presence.”

    That is exactly what has to be prevented. Our country is in the crapper simply because of federal interference in state affairs. Federal largess implies control, and we all know what Boxer and Feinstein want – federal controls over every aspect of state operations.

    No federal funds. The states must stand on their own. Worthy of note regarding South Dakota, in the 2011 freest states ranking by the Mercatus Center, South Dakota and New Hampshire shared first place. Kudos for both. The 2012 rankings should be available by the end of this month (March).


    Freedom is that lack of force and violence in governance. Libertarians get that message. The one worlders get it also, but in their efforts to control every state and every individual, the one worlders and the banksters choose to ignore it. Shame on them.