The state of Florida has become the epicenter of the resurgence of the gun debate after suffering a second massive shooting. Liberals were not remotely satisfied with the lack of action to inhibit citizens’ Second Amendment rights after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, blaming this as the reason why the Parkland high school massacre happened. After nearly two weeks since the most recent shooting resulting in a massive assault on Americans’ constitutional rights that immediately ensued, Florida lawmakers just made a huge move that nobody was expecting.
Other than the two mass shootings happening in the same state, the attacks had nothing else in common other than a gun used by the killers with completely different motives for killing innocent people. It’s the person who pulled the trigger that’s the problem, not what they used to enact their plan that they would have done with or without gun control. However, that’s a concept that the left refuses to understand in their endless pursuit for control, using every tragedy to strip people of their right to defend themselves against criminals and a corrupt government, should one ever be faced with either threat.
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has announced last week that he planned to pursue some changes to gun laws in his state as a response to all those demanding it following the school shooting that killed 17 people. While he did just as he said he would and raised the legal age for purchasing a firearm from 18 to now 21, lawmakers in the state unexpectedly approved a huge new rule, making Florida the first in the nation since the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre to do so.
While lawmakers consented to the left’s demand to raise the age limit, Florida was far more in favor of conservatives by not only refusing to ban AR-15 style rifles, like that which Nikolas Cruz used to commit mass murder, but they also approved something else, enraging liberals which will inevitably lead to rioters retaliating against this big decision.
The New York Post reports:
Florida’s Senate Rules Committee spent more than two hours debating the gun-control issues before eventually casting their votes, according to NBC.
Senators also agreed to confiscate guns from people with mental health issues, in addition to raising the legal buying age and giving teachers the right to carry.
A similar packaged set of reforms is scheduled to be taken up by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.
The meetings come as more and more people continue to show their support for stricter gun-control laws, many of whom own weapons themselves.
Hundreds of activists and students turned out in Tallahassee last week — including survivors of the Parkland massacre — to call on lawmakers to act.
Many gathered at the Capitol on Monday to show their support for the assault weapons amendment, which was rejected by a 7-6 vote.
“Shame, shame, shame!” some of the activists shouted, according to News 13.
The fact that teachers could soon be allowed to carry firearms inside schools wasn’t sitting well with gun-control supporters, either.
“It bothers me to think as a father of two young boys to tell them to not be aggressive to your teacher,” said Sen. Oscar Branynon (D-Miami Gardens).
Of course, race was immediately brought up in the backlash of this move by the lawmaker who disagreed with this decision. Rather than articulating a rational response as to why he was disappointed with this new rule, Branynon made it sound that African-American children are now going to be targets of violence for their armed school teachers.
In a completely sensationalized statement, Branynon told the Sun Sentinel that “he and other black fathers across Florida will now have to include teachers when talking to their children about how to act around armed authority figures,” the Post reported.“Please don’t make it dangerous for children who look like my children to go to school,” he added, basically accusing pro-gun teachers who choose to be armed as being inherently racist and wanting to take advantage of their new right to carry by shooting black kids.
While Florida is not the first to allow teachers to legally carry a firearm in their classrooms, they are the only state since the shooting to approve this bill that’s been a huge debate in the days since the tragedy. However, they join just a very small group of states to grant this right, making them only the seventh in the stay to allow armed teachers in classrooms. According to the Giffords Law Center, only ten states in the nation allow concealed carry in schools. Also, there’s no proof that there’s ever been a case in any of these states where concealed carry has been allowed for a long time, that an armed teacher has intentionally shot at a black student or even brandished their weapon in a threatening manner for a racist, power-driven reason.
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