Ever heard the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”? Well we are looking at a prime example of that as Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new gun legislation that has a desired component, followed by several terrible ones.
On Friday, Scott signed Senate Bill 7026. This will allow some teachers to be armed (cause for celebration) but comes at a greater cost than we may have been willing to bargain for.
The law, known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, tightens gun control in several ways but also allows some teachers to be armed.
Scott received the $400 million bill Thursday following days of impassioned, often contentious debate in the majority-Republican House and Senate. He praised the Legislature, contrasting its quick action with what he called the inefficiency of the federal government in Washington.
A controversial part of the new law is known as the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which arms some teachers if both the local school district and local sheriff’s department agree. The $67 million provision is named after the coach who shielded students with his own body and died in last month’s shooting.
“I still think law enforcement officers should be the ones who protect our schools,” Scott continued, “I’ve heard all the arguments for teachers to be armed and, while this bill would significantly change on this topic, I’m still not persuaded. I’m glad, however, the plan is not mandatory, which means it be up to local elected officials.”
So virtually, Scott is allowing teachers to carry in exchange for:
-Implementing a three day waiting period for any gun
-Raising the age to purchase a gun from 18-years-old to 21-years-old
-Banning bump stocks
Does that sound like a constitutional deal to you?
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