[OPINION] Assemblywoman Munoz Offers Red Herring In Search For Safe Schools

by Jill Anne LaZare 

I recently noticed a press release from Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz praising the signing of “The School Security Task Force.” While I too applaud anything that makes our schools safer, I must point out that on the critical issue of safety, Ms. Munoz has been, at best, horrendously inactive – and at worst dangerously right-wing.

First, let’s start with the common ground we share regarding this particular legislation. This bill will create a task force “charged with identifying physical and cyber vulnerabilities and potential breaches of security in the public schools, and make recommendations to improve school safety.”

Even though this process will require some time to complete, a thoughtful review of our school safety procedures is certainly warranted. Ms. Munoz then goes on, however, to cite the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary as the reason we needed this bill. This is where she loses all credibility on the issue of safety.

If Ms. Munoz were indeed serious about making our schools and our streets safer, she would have supported any of the numerous gun control initiatives that have crossed her path recently – all of which could make our community safer immediately. So far, Ms. Munoz has voted against legislation that would require background checks for private gun sales, legislation that reduces high caliber magazine capacity, legislation that blocks gun ownership for those with mental health issues, and legislation that would establish regulations for ammunition sales and transfers.

The School Security Task Force is a good start, but Nancy Munoz failed where she could have done much more. Either she’s not serious about making us safer, or she assumes we won’t notice when she votes against common sense gun laws.

Jill Anne LaZare is a Democrat running for Assembly in the 21st Legislative District. She is a practicing attorney and resides in Summit with her family.

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