Most Utah legislators are great champions of parental rights: the right to teach your children about sex or, indeed, hold school in your home; the right to decide what medical treatment your children will receive; the right to at least be notified when your child wants an abortion.
But a bill being written by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, will test lawmakers' commitment to protecting parents' rights to decide what is an appropriate and safe environment for their children. It boldly pits the revered right to carry firearms against the mostly sacrosanct right of parents to make decisions about their children.
Moss says her pending legislation would allow parents to find out whether a gun is present in their children's classrooms. And, if a teacher does carry a weapon or keep one in the room, they rightly could request their children be placed in another classroom.