Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

Tanzil Philip 16 a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoo speaks to a crowd of supporters and media at Leon High School in Tallahassee Fla Student walkouts planned in response to Florida school shooting
| 26 February, 2018, 10:30

On Wednesday, he heard from students and family members of those killed in recent shootings and on Thursday from local and state officials. Specifically, the kids of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida, 100 of whom have arrived in the state capital to demand that their government do something about guns.

About 30 people demanding a conversation about gun legislation have begun a sit-in protest at the office of four Florida House Republican leaders.

The school resource officer who was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during a fatal school shooting has resigned. "That is not the answer. His failure to act cost students their lives and for that, he should not be entitled to a pension or any benefits".

Scott opened the news conference to showcase his proposals by slowly reading the names of the school victims. "You can buy as many guns as you want at one time".

Up until now, he said, nothing has quite fazed them. You can not have a conversation in this nation about what to do about the epidemic of mass shootings, about what to do about gun violence, about what to do to protect people just trying to go about their lives, without seeing people throw out platitudes, throw up walls, and blame everyone else. In a country split into mutually loathing camps, she says the paramount priority is not to find solutions but to pound away at the other: city-dweller versus country-dweller, Democrat versus Republican, upper class versus lower class, and gun-owner versus gun-hater.

"The NRA will back it and so will Congress", Trump contended as he called for raising the legal age of purchase for "all" guns from 18 to 21. The gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas had a dozen weapons outfitted with bump stocks.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., argued that Scott's plan "doesn't do one thing to ensure comprehensive criminal background checks or ban assault rifles". The national initiative was sparked by the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week that left 17 dead. That research, which has not yet been published, analyzed 1.3 million tweets and 700 related hashtags, using machine learning to sort them into various categories, said political science professor Jon Pevehouse, who co-authored the study with Dhavan Shah, a journalism professor, and several others.

"That was never the issue". The FBI has acknowledged it failed to investigate the tip.


President Donald Trump said repeatedly Friday that he favored arming teachers to protect students, an idea many educators rejected out of hand.

A similar "Sentinel" program in Polk County allows such on-site security after volunteers receive 16.5 days of training, along with other requirements.

Trump said it was essential to provide concealed fire arms to teachers, who are highly trained.

The district said it "takes student safety very seriously" and all of its schools regularly drill for campus intruder incidents.

Scott, for example, wants an anonymous K-12 "See Something, Say Something" hotline, website and mobile application.

"Part of the problem is that in the moment, it seems like this could be one of the defining pivotal issues in the governor's race", he said.

"He was saying porn as a health risk was more important to address here in the Florida Legislature than the epidemic of gun violence", Smith later told the Associated Press. "No more silence!" and, "Hey-hey, ho-ho, the NRA has got to go".

"Aggression is the most common predictor of these shootings - aggressive intent and access to weapons", Kessel said.

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