Well it’s been an emotional week, but it’s ended in a victory for common sense as Florida voted to reject a ban on assault rifles and passed a move to arm teachers.
We can just imagine the look on little David Hogg’s face when that vote came in.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act looks solid, it’s legislation we can get behind.
Age To Buy Firearms Raised to 21
The Florida Senate voted to raise the age a child can buy an assault weapon to 21 and it also voted to inject millions of dollars into school safety and mental health.
So all in all, this was a common sense vote and we have to give it our full approval. We also like the way that the Senate stood its ground with the increasingly radical Democrats, which proposed almost four dozen amendments to the proposed bill and asked for stronger gun laws.
The assault rifle ban was the big bone of contention, although the democrats leading the charge really don’t even seem to know what an assault rifle is.
They know it’s a bad, bad thing, and the AR-15 is the gun that has drawn their ire, inevitably, after the Parkland school shooting. But even in Florida, with passions running high, the anti-gun lobby couldn’t really make a dent.
The proposed assault weapons ban actually a two-year moratorium on sales, was voted out 20-17 and the Democrats’ opposition to arming teachers was thrown out by 20 votes to 18.
Teachers Will Be Marshals
The school marshal program effectively deputizes volunteer school staff who will carry a concealed weapon on school grounds. Teachers that are part of the program will have to uner 132 hours of firearms training before they are deemed fit to carry a CCW on school grounds.
For some reason, they will also have to undergo 12 hours of diversity training…
This could have been a lot worse and the Democrats tried to make it that way. They failed, we’re happy about that and we think there’s a lot of good stuff in this bill. We particularly like the way that Florida is approaching the mental health issue that we know is the root cause of most of these horrendous incidents.
Let’s see how this molds the policy making decisions around the country. For the first time in weeks, we’re optimistic.
The governor has to confirm the new rules, but it all looks good.