Following the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has proposed that retired military personnel serve as armed school security guards.
Graham tweeted Friday that he would create a “certification process” to more easily allow former military members to become security guards and carry firearms on school grounds.
“We have hundreds of thousands of well-trained former military members who could bring a lot to the table in terms of school security,” he said.
“It is time to mobilize our retired and former service members who are willing to help secure our schools,” he continued in a reply tweet.
“Our schools are soft targets. They contain our most valuable possession – our children, the future of our country – and must be protected”.
“Schools should be treated like courthouses, banks, capital buildings, etc when it comes to security,” Graham concluded.
After the Uvalde shooting, which left 19 children and two adults dead, the suggestion of arming military veterans to protect schools is picking up again.
Democrats have advocated for stricter gun control, with President Biden saying Thursday that the country should place ban on assault weapons, introduce tougher background check laws and have a higher minimum age of purchase.
“How much more carnage are we willing to accept?” he asked.