Reposting this blog in light of the call to arm teachers.
Teachers in California, resisting calls that they should be armed in the classroom with something more than their lesson plans, are taking a stand against guns by aiming one of their most potent weapons—their wallets.
The California State Teachers Retirement System, known as Calstrs, voted last week to divest itself of firearms holdings. Teachers don’t want their retirement funds linked to companies that manufacture guns, including The Freedom Group, the maker of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used to kill 26 children and adults in Newton, CT.
California teachers pulled their pensions from tobacco stocks in 2008, and while the amount going to guns is small relative to the entire portfolio– $12 million out of a total $154 billion, the move sets an example for other states and allows teachers to take an active part in reducing access to guns.
As a college student in the late l970’s, I remember…
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