Jim Jordan is 1 of 10 'No' Votes on Bipartisan School Safety Plan

In testimony last week before a U.S. Senate panel, Ryan Petty, the father of one of the students killed at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, told lawmakers that the Parkland families came from different backgrounds and held a variety of different views, but were united around a shared view that “our children and teachers should be safe at school.” On that same day, a month after the Parkland massacre, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed, passing the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act by a sweeping 407-10 margin.

Jim Jordan was one of the 10 “No” votes.

Members on both sides of the aisle overwhelmingly supported this common-sense measure. Even President Trump applauded this bill. Jim Jordan’s was the lone “no” vote within the entire Ohio delegation. What could be controversial about a bill aimed at preventing violence on school grounds through measures including threat-identification, training, technology to improve school security, and law enforcement coordination?

This is yet another reminder that Jim Jordan is out of the mainstream.

More than that, his ideas are often dangerous, like his suggestion to just arm teachers. Speaking on the AR-15 armed Parkland shooter, he recently reaffirmed President Trump's claim that, "A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened!"

Maybe Mr. Jordan has seen too many movies. As someone who taught for 35 years, I know a thing or two about what’s realistic in a school, and I know that we need our teachers to be educators, not security guards. To blur those lines would only create more problems.

Teachers, parents, and students across the country have blasted the idea of relying on educators to become at-school marksmen.

But Jim Jordan doesn’t care what parents, teachers, and students think. He’s already made up his mind.

Janet GarrettComment