Citizens are expressing their 2nd amendment rights. They're choosing to arm themselves for protection and they expect state lawmakers to protect their right to do it.
Kids also want to be protected. In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, lawmakers are looking for ways to better protect Florida students, without harming gun owners.
Tuesday, state senators meet with superintendents in Tallahassee to discuss solutions.
Senator Bill Monford is the Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee. He says the committee will explore its options, but gun control isn’t likely to be one of them.
The fix getting the most attention is beefing up school security but the cost of putting more armed police officers in Florida schools is 100 million dollars. It is creating a funding problem, because many of the lawmakers charged with making the decision have also signed a pledge not to raise taxes.
Governor Rick Scott has signed the pledge. He’s also heavily endorsed by the NRA.
“We want our schools to be safe. We want our students to be safe, our teachers,” said Governor Scott.
The Florida Legislature has a history of killing gun control bills, but many of the new measures to muzzle the 2nd amendment are coming from Washington and are out of the state’s control.
One superintendent shot down an idea that’s been hanging around ever since the Sandy Hook shooting. They told committee members, teacher should not be armed.