Gov. Scott receives criticism from both sides after signing gun bill
Gov. Scott receives criticism from both sides after signing gun bill
Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers
12 March, 2018, 06:33
"This bill is not flawless, and sadly it will not bring back the 17 lives lost in the horrific school shooting, but the safety of our children is not a political issue, it's simply the right thing to do", she said.
The lawsuit came just hours after Gov. Scott, a Republican, signed the compromise bill Friday afternoon.
On Wednesday, Imperato said, the school will be working to strike a balance between allowing the students to have their voices heard while maintaining safety and minimizing disruption. "The students have assured Principal Jason Parent that there will be no disruption to the learning environment", said Scott Laliberte, Londonderry's superintendent of schools.
"If counties don't want to do this, they can simply say no", he said. Begley wrote that the school's schedule will be changed to allow the PtE resource period to overlap with the 10 a.m. walkout time.
The National Rifle Association (#NRA) filed a lawsuit on Friday against #Florida lawmakers' approval of broader gun-control and school security measures, Vox News reported.
"Every time a mass shooting happens, I relive the worst day of my life", said Engler, a sophomore at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates.
"Obviously, this is what we've been fighting for. It's nowhere near the long-term solution", said Chris Grady, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High.
Student activists from the school where the shooting took place followed the bill's track closely and called it "a baby step".
As part of that plan, the White House has directed the Justice Department to help states partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council.
The Parkland massacre and response to it by Florida lawmakers signaled a possible turning point in the national debate between advocates for tougher firearms restrictions and proponents of the right to bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The measure is meant to "aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises" by allowing some school employees to be armed.
Stoneman Douglas student Talia Rumsky, 16, called the law a positive change, but said there's "still a long way to go". Scott signed the bill later in the day. "I know there's lots of things in there that are a start, and there's in there that's going to bring some pieces back together for Parkland".
But he again expressed some reservations about arming school staff.
Students at San Pedro High School were planning to walk out of school, but after they were warned of potential consequences by administrators, they decided instead to keep the event on campus and make it about building unity.
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