Leslie Rutledge, a Republican candidate for attorney general, seems to be threading a needle here.

Want more guns in schools?


Want no more guns in schools?

Rutledge’s news release has something for everybody in attempting to capitalize on the official opinion by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that state law doesn’t now allow arming of school district staff with concealed weapons, as Clarksville wants to do.


She calls for leadership, clear guidance on what districts can and cannot do. (I think McDaniel has done that, though the Clarksville superintendent, among others, disagrees with his opinion.) Said Rutledge:

Each community in Arkansas is different and the local leaders must be in a position to do what is right for their school children.

What IS right? Rutledge doesn’t say. She perhaps recognizes that some places want more guns in school. Some do not.