Florida Governor and Legislature Put Politics Before Children's Lives

Florida Governor and Legislature Put Politics Before Children's Lives

The Florida state legislature has passed, and Governor Rick Scott has signed into law Senate Bill 7026, also known as the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act." Quite simply, they put the politics of the day ahead of good policy, ahead of expert advice, ahead of common sense, and ahead of the children's lives. It was more important for them to stick a finger in the NRA's eye in front of TV cameras than make their schools safer.

In the wake of 17 dead, including 14 children in the Parkland school, it's hard to imagine anyone being that calloused and non-caring. This is a perfect example of why politicians are so hated in this country. Doing what they think protects their political career, no matter who else gets hurt, while pretending to help the children they are happy to sacrifice. I can think of nothing more vile in an educated adult.

Let us examine what the Florida Legislators did.

They enacted gun control. Does anyone think the person who plans to murder many people, especially kids cares about the law!? The person this deranged or full of rage will do what ever it takes to make others feel their pain. Can't buy a gun? They will steal them, or run them over with a vehicle, or pour gas on them and light them on fire. The crime is murder. The tool is not the important piece.


One definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Gun control has been tried in various ways, in various states, in various countries. The uniform result is more deaths. It is unlikely that one who is stupid or insane rises to the level of Speaker of the House, Senate President, or Governor. That leaves evil as the most likely motive.


Prior to the Parkland massacre, Florida Carry reached out to us about conducting a FASTER Saves Lives class in Florida. They introduced us to a sheriff who was willing to host the training event. After the killing, a second sheriff was also interested and several schools were willing to participate. We were in discussions to do a class in Florida and train school staff and law enforcement and share the program with law-enforcement trainers who would then continue training people in Florida.

There are thousands of man years' experience no invested in the FASTER Saves Lives program or other armed staff programs around the country. This is not a new concept, it is a proven one. The "sign on the door" "no guns" policy and gun control theory also has lots of experience. They also have one thing that schools with armed staff don't have; hundreds of dead bodies. Choose one.

Rather than copy a proven idea, the Florida legislature copied a failed one. In the wake of law-enforcement failures, they gave law enforcement more power. Schools now must beg for permission from law enforcement to enact best practice policies. They also mandated well over 130 hours of training for school staff to carry a firearm. Their training requirements make clear they have no idea what is needed to stop an active killer.

In short, they banned their schools and law-enforcement from working with the best program and trainers in the country, and put in requirements that all but prohibit safer schools.


Over the past five years I have worked with many other state legislators on the topic of armed school staff. Several states have ignored our advice and passed similar (though none so drastic as Florida) training requirements. It has not worked well. One legislator called me back to tell me, "We should have listened to you. It went exactly like you said and we have not trained or authorized anyone. Can you send me Ohio law again?"

Florida never sought out our advice, but knowing what they were discussing I sent information to Senate President Joe Negron (R), Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) and Governor Rick Scott (R). None returned my emails or phone calls. They don't want to learn. They don't want to implement good law. They don't even care about the dead kids.

They did commit to spend $400,000,000.00 making schools "more secure." Great. Let us suppose they hired federally-trained TSA agents at every school and every child, parent and teacher had to go through airport-style security to enter the school. (I know this is financially and mathematically impossible, but play along.) Does anyone know of someone having flown, gotten to their destination and discovered a prohibited device that TSA missed in the screening? (Stop laughing) The point is even at this level of security, it does not keep guns out of schools, or make them "safe" or "secure." It's not possible.


Ironically, they could have spent some money on trauma training and equipment, but chose not to spend even one dime on something that has proven to save lives.

Overall, they are spending a huge amount of money to make schools less safe. They prohibit best practice while spending resources on things that can't possibly help solve the problem. And the "leaders" who did this are all Republicans.

They did all get media time though. That is what is important to them. Ignore the experts, pretend to care, make friends with anti-freedom zealots, and to hell with the kids or their families. That is the legacy of Florida legislature.

Just remember, this was not a mistake. It is something they though about, planned and are proud of. This is who they are. Don't forget it when the next killer comes for your kids.

Jim Irvine is Board President of Buckeye Firearms Association. He is also recipient of the NRA-ILA's 2011 "Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award," the CCRKBA's 2012 "Gun Rights Defender of the Year Award," and the SAF's 2015 "Defender of Freedom Award."

 
 

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

Jake Edson of Bushnell Optics tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about the brand new Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 rangefinders.

Springfield Armory Saint Victor in .308

Springfield Armory Saint Victor in .308

The Saint Victor in .308 features a 16" light weight barrel, M-Lok® free float hand guard and included flip-up sights.

New addition to the Browning X-Bolt rifle series

New addition to the Browning X-Bolt rifle series

New for 2019 is the Max Long Range model featuring a composite Max stock with fully adjustable comb, spacers for adjusting length of pull, stainless fluted heavy sporter barrel, threaded muzzle brake and extended bolt handle.

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27. 2nd Amendment

Tell the White House that the 2nd Amendment Was Not Given to the People by Government

Firearms News - July 02, 2019

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27.

Rhode Islanders are setting brushfires for freedom once again as they advance a Second Amendment Sanctuary Town movement. 2nd Amendment

SPECIAL REPORT: BIG 2A HISTORY BEING MADE IN LITTLE RHODE ISLAND

John Peterson - May 22, 2019

Rhode Islanders are setting brushfires for freedom once again as they advance a Second...

If you want to keep the peace, keep and bear arms. Don't give up your guns. Any other choice would be ridiculous. 2nd Amendment

Is Red Dawn Really Just Ridiculous? If Not, Who Would Citizen Disarmament Help?

David Codrea - May 29, 2019

If you want to keep the peace, keep and bear arms. Don't give up your guns. Any other choice...

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy. Air Guns

AirForce Airguns Condor Ring-Loc Kit Review

Tom Gaylord - May 29, 2019

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy.

See More Trending Articles

More 2nd Amendment

Minnesota citizens arm themselves to defend their businesses amidst the escalating riots in Minneapolis. 2nd Amendment

RIOTS: Armed Defense in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Chestnut - May 29, 2020

Minnesota citizens arm themselves to defend their businesses amidst the escalating riots in...

Pick up a copy at your local magazine stand, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, or major book retailer! 2nd Amendment

How Politicians Are Using Coronavirus to Gravely Endanger Citizens

Mark Chesnut - May 13, 2020

Pick up a copy at your local magazine stand, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, or major book retailer!

Court ruling on bump stock lawsuit could gut the 2A. 2nd Amendment

Subversive Machine Gun Ruling Will Gut Second Amendment If Upheld

David Codrea - April 28, 2020

Court ruling on bump stock lawsuit could gut the 2A.

With the Second Amendment under siege in Virginia like never before, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL)—the commonwealth's foremost defender of the right to keep and bear arms—is taking proactive steps to nip local gun-control schemes at the bud. 2nd Amendment

Virginia Preparing for Local Anti-Gun Schemes

Mark Chesnut - April 30, 2020

With the Second Amendment under siege in Virginia like never before, the Virginia Citizens...

See More 2nd Amendment

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now