Florida teachers can now legally carry firearms in their classroom due to a recent Florida law. Florida Governor Rick DeSantis is the inspiration for this legislation. It would permit teachers to carry guns at school, but only with the approval of the school district. The legislation is being implemented as a precautionary measure in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
As mass shootings make their rounds in the news, the conversation about gun control is on everyone’s minds. However, basic education in firearm safety often is not. Legislators and lobbyists run themselves ragged writing bills they think will pass. It is a game of Democrats and Republicans playing tug-of-war with the repealing and reinstatement of gun laws. It takes over TV and radio with shouty gun-nuts and weepy children. Commentators and journalists often forget the measures and laws to prevent shootings already exist. They forget the main issues contributing to gun violence are poverty and ineffective law enforcement. We will never solve these root issues because the politicians voting on them know little about poverty and law enforcement, and less about firearms.