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Florida Passes School Safety Bill, Allow School Employees to Carry
The most contentious part of the new gun debate is arming teachers. Actually, the most contentious part is the cast of Glee: Gun Grabbing Cabaret running around telling you that YOU have blood on your hands. "Literally." Slightly less contentious is arming teachers (see WATCH: Trump Proposes Arming School Teachers and WATCH: Badass Teacher Tells ABC Why She Carries a Glock, Why Other Teachers Should Too).
After Wednesday night's school safety bill vote, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a bill on his desk that does just that.
The Florida House on Wednesday passed legislation that would impose new restrictions on firearm sales and allow some teachers and staff to carry guns in school. It now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has 15 days to sign it.
On Monday, the Senate limited which teachers could participate in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program -- "a step in the right direction," Scott's office said.
Those who "exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers" wouldn't be allowed to participate in the program. Teachers who perform additional duties, like coaching football or heading the drama club, would be allowed to participate, along with administrators and cafeteria workers.
Sadly, LwC Senior Bulletsplaining Correspondent Corey Stallings is on assignment today. Because there are some parts of the bill Crowderheads aren't going to love. They include:
- Raise the age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18
- Require a three-day waiting period for firearm purchases, with some exceptions
- Ban the sale or possession of bump fire stocks
On the first point, the right to self-preservation doesn't begin at age 21. So those people who oppose raising the age three years from "legal adult" to "legaler adult with three more years life experience" kind of have a point. Seems arbitrary to appease gun-grabbing ninnies. Read also Florida Governor Scott Raises Gun Purchasing Age to 21.
On the second point, a three day waiting period for what? If three days is good, why not five days? If five days is better, why not a ten day waiting period? If the waiting period is for anything other than running a background check, the timeline is, like the point above, arbitrary.
The third point is just to appease more dumbasses who don't understand how firearms work.
So while arming school employees who want to be armed isn't a bad idea, the other points are.
~ Co-written by Courtney Kirchoff and John Porter