By Jon Dougherty
For more than a year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Leftist Democrats resisted every legitimate attempt to do something to ensure that moving forward, students in the Sunshine State could be better protected from armed crazies.
They resisted mostly by ignoring outside-the-box thinking regarding improvements to school safety that included, among other things, arming teachers who had been properly vetted and trained in the use of firearms (and force).
Instead, they resorted to Democrat default positions on guns: More laws that restrict access to firearms for law-abiding people; “red flag” laws that allow guns to be taken away by a court without the accused having any say at all; gun bans.
But this week, state lawmakers sent GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis legislation that, among other things, will finally allow teachers to be armed in schools, putting in place a potential solution that actually has a real chance at success.
As TownHall reported:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday signed a bill that would arm teachers throughout the Sunshine State.
In order for teachers to carry on school campuses, their district must opt into the “Guardian program.” The program allows teachers to go through a screening process and training by their local sheriff’s office before they’re able to legally carry a firearm on school grounds. They’re also required to obtain authorization from the school board, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The controversial bill, Senate Bill 7030, is an extension of an already existing piece of legislation that was enacted following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The original program allowed faculty and staff, but not classroom teachers, to receive firearms training and eventually the ability to carry on campus.
School districts in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties originally chose to hire additional armed law enforcement personnel rather than allow faculty and staff to carry firearms on school grounds — and that’s okay, too.
The point is, Florida lawmakers are obviously tired of considering only Left-wing fallback default gun control positions and are instead adopting measures that could actually help keep kids safer.
“The bill also has other aspects designed at protecting students, including standardized risk assessment for students deemed to be a threat and new guidelines for school-based mental health. Both of those provisions have bipartisan support,” TownHall noted.
The fact that we even have to have armed guards and personnel in our public schools in the first place is bad enough and an issue that has gotten far less consideration than it deserves. But to ignore the reality of the times is folly.
Good for Florida and Gov. DeSantis for taking concrete steps to keep kids safe who should never have to endure being attacked and killed in their classrooms.
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