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Parkland Commission Calls For Arming Teachers

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Since the Parkland mass shooting, the media frantically rolled out hit piece after hit piece ridiculing the common sense proposal to arm teachers and trying to redirect blame away from failures by the school and local law enforcement, over to the NRA.

Now the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission report is out and it notes major errors by the school and local law enforcement, and calls for armed teachers.

A​rmed teachers, stronger security and better law enforcement are needed to head off another school shooting like the one in Parkland, according to a panel reviewing the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The state commission investigating the shooting that killed 17 people on Feb. 14 released a draft report Wednesday listing a series of failures by Broward County agencies and recommendations for avoiding a similar tragedy in the future.

The 407-page report, which is not final, found that deputies didn’t rush into the school to stop the carnage, and school staff committed numerous security breaches, including leaving doors unlocked and not calling a “Code Red” alarm quickly enough.

The panel also voted to include a controversial proposal allowing classroom teachers to carry guns in schools if they go through a selection process that would include background checks and training.

As usual, common sense proposals that most people support, but lefties oppose, are “controversial”. Meanwhile proposals that lefties support, but everyone else opposes are crucial “common sense reforms”.

The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it’s not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus. Florida law adopted after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead allows districts to arm non-teaching staff members such as principals, librarians and custodians — 13 of the 67 districts do, mostly in rural parts of the state.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the commission’s chairman, pushed the measure at the Tallahassee meeting. He said most deaths in school shootings happen within the first few minutes, before officers on and off campus can respond. He said suspect Nikolas Cruz stopped to reload his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle five times, all of which would have been opportunities for an armed teacher to shoot him.

“We have to give people a fighting chance, we have to give them an opportunity to protect themselves,” Gualtieri said. He said there aren’t enough officers or money to hire one for every school, but even then officers need backup. “One good guy with a gun on campus is not enough.”

What exactly is controversial about this again?

Lefties insist that only police officers should have guns and be able to intervene in school shootings. But they don’t want to hold the officers that failed miserably to do so accountable, because their boss is a Democrat.

And so they keep trying to blame the NRA for a preventable school shooting without ever explaining what they would have done to prevent it.

Article posted with permission from Daniel Greenfield

The Washington Standard

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