Florida passes bill to allow teachers to carry guns in response to Parkland shooting.

By |2019-05-03T09:05:59-08:00May 4th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments

That’s right, the obvious response to a school shooting is to put more guns in the schools. 

Courtesy of NPR:

After two days of impassioned debate, Florida’s House of Representatives passed a controversial bill on Wednesday that would permit classroom teachers to carry guns in schools. The bill was already approved by the Senate; it now goes before Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, who is expected to sign it.

Last year, the legislature created a “guardian” program that allows districts to arm school staff, with the exception of teachers who “exclusively perform classroom duties,” according to the Miami Herald. The new bill would remove that exception.

Once the bill is enacted, it will be up to districts to decide whether they want to allow teachers to be armed. Many do not. As NPR member station WLRN reports, most of Florida’s school districts have declined to create guardian programs, opting instead to put law enforcement officers in each school. Just 25 of the state’s 67 school districts have approved the guardian programs; many of them are in rural areas.

Debate over the bill was highly charged and often emotional, as lawmakers discussed what could happen when teachers have guns in the classroom.

You might remember that last year after the shooting a Parkland teacher took it upon himself to carry a gun and then promptly left it in a public washroom, where it was found and accidentally fired by another man. (Link.)

As you might imagine the Parkland kids have had a very visceral reaction to this news.

Putting more guns in a school to reduce the number of school shootings is the kind of thinking that only a card-carrying member of the NRA could love. 

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11 Comments

  1. Marthe May 4, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Next headline:

    Florida teacher shoots black kid who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Teacher said it was in self-defence…

    We all know where this is going.

  2. Anon May 4, 2019 at 7:22 am

    OT-TENNESSEE

    Cothren regularly uses racist terms and memes in his correspondence. For example, in a text to Casada, he referred to a West Tennessee district with a meme demonizing “black people.” Other exchanges with friends reveal him saying “black people are idiots” and referring to Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston as a “thug nigger.”

    Neither Casada nor Cothren provided comment on the texts before NewsChannel 5 published its story.
    Casada, however, has insisted, “I’ve never… seen any kind of racist or bigoted action out of him,” adding, “I stand by my chief of staff on his character, because I know his character.”<RiiiggghhhttT

  3. Anonymous May 4, 2019 at 8:15 am

    They don’t pay teachers enough to also become armed guards, bad enough they have to do “bathroom duty” and other jobs below the dignity of their position.

    Instead of thanking the military ever single second, we should be thanking teachers for there service !!

  4. Anonymous May 4, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Teachers are only human so yeah, be waitin to hear of one either getting his gun taken by a student or one shooting a student. A person behind gun is way different than one without a gun.

  5. Anon May 4, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Charming. Sarah must be ecstatic. Maybe she will celebrate by intercoursing Todd.

    • Anonymous May 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Eleven years later, Boopsie still not invited to keynote address any graduation event, not even to leave a buck under chairs.
      Her one “main event,” I still laugh. What a loser.

    • Anonymous May 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      Now now….Mommie Dearest is gearing up for the one kid that “may” graduate high school, if you believe her.
      On to nursing school off a matchbook cover.

      • Anonymous May 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

        My eldest sister laughs at this! RN summa cum laude, no way is any Palin offspring smart enough to be a nurse,
        Maybe CPN, LPN at best. All she’s going to do is weigh people and take BP.

    • Anonymous May 4, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Gryph, a long gone guffaw at the bottom of your site today.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=44&v=_iyIbbxVzrU

  6. puck May 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    this is sick. it is not going to work people. you have just made it worst.b

    • Anonymous May 4, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      It’s Florida. We should not expect great things.

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