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Florida schools can arm teachers under new law

     There have been calls, recently, from various places, to increase the number of “resource officers” in Arizona schools in order for our schools to be “safer” and to shield students from mass shootings.

     However, the state of Florida found the response from “resource officers” was inadequate to stop the shooting which occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School  on Feb. 14, 2018 during which a gunman killed 17 students.

      Florida recently signed into law Senate Bill 7030 which will allow teachers to carry firearms. Clearly, the only deterent that could be effective is one in which a would-be gunman could not tell who is armed and who is not. The time it takes to assess and deal with a potential threat is measured in fractions of a second. There simply isn't enough time to gather a group of officers together to deal with an active shooter situation. And, all an attacker needs to do is wait until a police officer is in a different location before beginning an attack.

     The Florida bill expanded a previous program that allowed some school employees, with the exception of teachers, to receive training to be armed at schools.

In order for teachers to carry on campus, teachers will have to pass a psychological evaluation and complete at least 144 hours of training.

     Even though arming teachers is now legal, that doesn't mean a majority of schools will allow it. A policy to allow armed teachers must be authorized at the local school district level. From The Hill:

     Twenty-five of Florida's 67 school districts take part in the program, including Broward County, where Parkland is located. School districts in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have all said they will not allow public school teachers to be armed, according to WSVN.

     Arizona is a very strong Second Amendment state and there are certainly already many teachers who own and are proficient in the use of a firearm. Bringing a similar law to Florida's SB7030 to Arizona school seems like a no-brainer. Let's hope we don't have to have a high student body count before it happens.

Additional source:

https://www.theblaze.com/news/florida-schools-can-arm-teachers-unde...

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