The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a major turning point in the school safety debate. People saw how much could have been prevented if people were allowed to protect themselves. And how many of the authorities who were SUPPOSED to protect the students sucked at both their jobs and their lives. In response, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just signed a bill allowing more teachers to carry.
The new law expands an existing school “guardian” program and allows any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon if his or her school district approves. Would-be volunteers must undergo at least 144 hours of police-style training, psychiatric evaluation and drug screening. Under a previous law, passed immediately after the February 2018 Parkland shooting, only teachers who had another role at school, such as sports coach, were eligible to carry weapons on campus.
The new law expands the program to make all teachers eligible regardless of whether they have a non-classroom role.
The bill was opposed by most Democrats…
It figures the people most excited to exploit the victims of these tragedies would be against this (see Gun Control Zealots Took Over a STEM School Vigil. So the Students Walked Out. and Parkland Victim’s Brother Exposes the Media’s Santa Fe Shooting Agenda). But this is also the way reform works.
You take something that’s not working, like in this case, NOT doing anything to protect our children. Or doing less to protect them than would… mostly anything else, then you take a completely different idea that would actually be effective. I know this is where the “BUT…THE NRA” cries start. When leftists are willing to finally be intellectually honest and admit what they really want is to rewrite the Second Amendmendment, I’d be glad to discuss some kind of reform with them. But they’re not. So I’m taking it off the table. Honesty first, talk later.
Instead, let’s discuss giving the adults most in charge of looking after our children the tools to actually protect our children. Sounds reasonable, no?