Florida governor calls for police officer in every public school
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 24, 2018,
Feb 24, 2018, 23:00
At East Aurora and West Aurora High Schools, students who participated were considered absent from class.
Students who survived the Feb 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have stepped up pressure on the governor to take action to protect their schools, demanding stricter gun control laws. "Who sued? Well, the gun lobby sued". Yet it also shows that such initial momentum gradually runs aground when faced with gun-rights activists. And today in that same capitol building, Governor Rick Scott backed a few of their demands.
But Scott rejected "a mass takeaway of Second Amendment rights".
"We are hoping that, as they come back to school, they know the entire community is behind them", said Lacey Rogers, the marketing coordinator at the school. "We all have a hard task in front of us balancing our individual rights with our obvious need for public safety". In addition, he proposed increasing the minimum age to own a firearm from 18 to 21. The 21 other calls are listed as "no policy violation apparent". Used in past mass shootings, bump stocks are add-ons that can allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire like an automatic weapon with the pull of a single trigger.
He did not ask for any specific weapons to be banned and a couple of times mentioned that he is a member of the National Rifle Association.
Similar to the Florida legislature, Scott's proposal includes about half a $1 billion toward mental health funding initiatives and aims to enhance school safety. "We're going to keep talking, we're going to keep pushing until something is done because people are dying and this can't happen anymore", said Alfonso Calderon, a 16-year-old junior. He unveiled a proposal that would be the broadest move in recent memory to restrict gun ownership in the state.
On other regulatory questions, Florida Republicans are not yet in agreement.
SCOTT: We know for certain that we can not simply rely on the current federal background check system. Florida's current waiting period applies only to handguns. "I actually met one that was grazed with a bullet and we think grazed with a bullet sounds so simple she has a hole in her arm and a bruise from her shoulder to her elbow that looks like somebody whacked her with a bat and she's "I'm here because we need to get things ready, ' and she was actually in that building", said Broward teachers" union president Anna Fusco.
Student-led walkouts have been happening at schools across the country.
"It's this ideal storm of young people whose authority to speak can not be denied because their friends were just murdered, have control of social media, the ability to speak to mass media, have celebrity support and organizational infrastructure", said Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of civic media at MIT. Bill Galvano, a Republican and the next Florida Senate president, about the differences in the proposals.
Galvano, a supporter of the NRA's legislative priorities in the past, said Thursday that the group's opposition to raising the age for semiautomatic rifle purchases is not a major issue.
Democrats said neither plan goes far enough.
Amid the controversy, Peterson's home is now under guard by Florida law enforcement.
But the Republican measures are likely to earn Democratic support when they come to a vote.
In 2015, he sent an email to school board members that called out the leadership of now-former Broward District School Police Chief Anthony Williams, who oversaw the Resident on Campus Security Program.
But Jim Bell of the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association said: "He (Peterson) believed he did a good job calling in the location, setting up the perimeter and calling in the description (of Cruz)".
The 19-year-old had amassed multiple guns following his mother's death in November, and had posted on social media that "he wants to kill people", the caller said, describing a history of disruptive and violent behaviour.
The governor's proposals come amid a reignited national debate on gun rights, led in part by some of the student survivors of last week's massacre, ranked as the second deadliest USA public school shooting on record.