Teachers in Florida will soon be able to carry firearms at school following the passage of a bill and the expected signature of Governor Ron DeSantis. The bill, widely supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats, came in response to the Parkland shootings.
Advocates say the presence of firearms in the hands of responsible adults will prevent gun violence in schools or stop it when it starts to happen. Opponents say putting more guns in schools is a bad idea because teachers may misfire or get themselves shot by police.
Florida teachers will soon be able to have firearms in schools. Leftists are upset.
If they don't trust teachers as "good guys with a gun," who can they trust?
When you realize they trust nobody with a gun, their love of Eric Swalwell makes more sense.https://t.co/KjbSkckuFF
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) May 2, 2019
There are two ways to reduce gun violence in schools. You can either eliminate the possibility of a bad guy coming in with a gun or you increase the likelihood of a good guy with a gun being there. Since the former is practically impossible (thankfully), the latter is the way to go.
Teachers, students, and parents should be relieved… as long as their school opts into the program. There will be plenty who don’t, and in those schools the children and faculty will remain vulnerable to people wanting to come in and do harm.
Arming teachers, police, or anyone is not a perfect solution. There are going to be mistakes made. There will be instances when the presence of a firearm does not help a bad situation. But even as a pure deterrent, this is a great move. Schools should strongly consider opting into this program.
“The real first responders are the school staff that love our children. They are the real first responders because they are there at the time the tragedy happens.” – Rep. Byron Donalds
Knowing there are teachers who can protect children from lunatics should be comforting to all parents. But there are people who are more worried about guns in school at all, as if their presence is a bad thing. This is silly.