Florida Senate Passes Bill Allowing Teachers To Be Armed and Giving Them Permission to Shoot BACK!
The Florida Senate just passed a school-security bill that includes a provision that allows teachers to be armed and able to shoot back if their classroom comes under attack. The bill is designed to implement school safety recommendations made by a state commission. The commission had been investigating the deadly shooting at Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, last year.
SB 7030, passed by a vote of 22-17. Every Democrat in the Senate voted against giving the teachers the option to be armed.
Democrat’s main objection seemed to be that some High School kids told them not to let their teachers be armed.
“The (Parkland) kids came here to this Capitol … what resonated about their coming here was the fact that they said, ‘Do not arm my teacher.’ And here we are, creating a pathway to arming teachers,” said Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.
US NEWS expounds on the development:
The legislation would allow local school boards to decide whether teachers in their district could carry firearms on school property. Teachers who choose to arm themselves would need to undergo training and evaluation.
Proponents of the measure say that teachers who carry guns could help stop armed attackers who threaten schools, and they note that oftentimes several minutes elapse before law enforcement arrives on scene in response to a shooting.
Opponents, however, say burdening teachers with that responsibility is inappropriate, and armed teachers could create another safety risk for students. The proposal is opposed by the state teachers union, and hundreds of students earlier this month traveled to the state Capitol to press lawmakers to reject it.
The bill also includes more standard school safety provisions, including a risk assessment process for students and enhanced reporting of safety incidents. Those aspects of the measure have bipartisan support.
The proposal builds on a program created last year in the wake of the Parkland shooting that allows non-instructional employees to arm themselves on campus after undergoing training. Twenty-five districts currently participate in the program, and another 14 are considering it, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
I am not quite sure why anyone would be against allowing qualified teachers to protect their students from nefarious criminals trying to kill them. Well, really I do. They like to stay away from the fact that we have a 2nd Amendment to be free to protect ourselves in the first place.
The Parkland gunman paused five times to reload during his attack. Each of those five pauses represented an opportunity where an armed teacher could have taken the gunman out. Lives could have been saved.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri headed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. They found that the presence of armed teachers could have possibly stopped the Parkland high school attack.
Gualtieri said knowledge of what the presence of armed teachers could have achieved “gnaws” at him now.
“People need to keep an open mind to it as the reality is that if someone else in that school had a gun it could have saved kids’ lives.” Gualtieri continued,
I really think the left is afraid of losing their ‘massacre’ argument to take guns, and that is sad.