On April 2, Florida’s House Judiciary Committee passed bills to legalize Campus Carry and to open up public K-12 schools for armed teachers and staff.
Both bills are sponsored by representative Greg Steube (R-Sarasota), who wants to prevent a Sandy Hook-like attack on a Florida public school while also opening the door for women to arm themselves against sexual assault.
Sunshine State News reports that Steube’s bills both passed “easily.”
The bill that allows teachers to be armed operates by opening the door for school superintendents to select “school safety designees” from among teacher volunteers. These will be current or retired military or current or retired law enforcement, who will be armed on campus to defend children in the event that an attacker strikes.
Steube explained that this approach will cost must less than it would cost to hire resource officers for every school, and it will also be more effective by putting decisions closer to the people, via superintendents who understand how their districts work.
The driving force behind the Campus Carry legislation is a desire for women to be able to fight back against sexual predators.
Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety are vehemently opposed to teachers being armed to protect students. Both groups are also opposed to women being armed against sexual assault on college campuses.
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