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Florida Senate Votes to Arm Teachers

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Boom! Florida is taking a proactive step into the future of protecting our children! 

The Florida Senate voted in favor of a bill to arm teachers, just after rejecting a bill that would ban “assault weapons.”

This follows the tragic school shooting that killed 17 people, last month.

Rueters repors:

An amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed on Saturday in a largely party-line vote, in response to the Feb. 14 killing of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland.

The bill to ban assault weapons (which actually, don’t even exist) was narrowly dodged as two Republicans voted along Democrat lines, resulting in a 20-17 vote.

The full bill, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, is expected to pass the state Senate on Monday, then go to the Florida House.

Student Jacyn Corin from Stoneman Douglas tweeted out, “This breaks my heart, but we will NOT let this ruin our movement. This is for the kids.”

Oh please, banning guns just leaves them as siting ducks. Arming teachers will save lives.

Protestors rally outside the Capitol urging Florida lawmakers to reform gun laws, in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S., February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Colin Hackley

Fellow classmate David Hogg, who has become one of the school’s leading activists on gun safety, tweeted, “Elections are going to be fun!”

Also, an amendment to remove a provision to train and arm some teachers failed.

The bill raises the minimum age to buy a rifle or a shotgun to 21 from 18 and bans the use, sale or possession of bump stocks, which were used in the Oct. 1 shooting deaths of 58 people in Las Vegas. The device effectively turns semi-automatic weapons into automatics.

According to the Herald, this bill will include a whopping $400 million to address mental health.

 

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