by David Safier

Usually, the headline of this post would be as obvious as “Aboud Supports Napolitano.” But Democratic State Senator Paula Aboud was quoted in an earlier article saying she thought, maybe it was OK for teachers to carry guns, but not students.


Aboud wrote an op ed in today’s Star (Guns would add fear, not safety, to classroom) stating that she is against guns in schools, period. She writes that she listened to three TUSD teachers arguing with Sen. Karen Johnson, the author of the bill. “In the end, neither side changed its position. But I was changed.”

I am going to give Aboud the benefit of the doubt and accept that this is a heartfelt change in her position. She is in a safe, Democratic seat. Unless she expects a strong Democratic primary opponent who might make her eat her earlier words, she doesn’t have to sweat reelection.

Other factors may have played a role in the change – I don’t pretend to know how to play three dimensional political chess – but, whatever the reasons, I’m pleased with her new position.

You might want to read what she, and the teachers, have to say.