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Update: After it was passed by the Florida Senate, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7030 into law privately and with little fanfare. School districts will be allowed to arm K-12 teachers when the law goes into effect on October 1, 2019. Thanks to all those who took action to fight this immoral legislation.
Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, then-Florida Governor Rick Scott created a commission to evaluate the tragedy and offer recommendations on school safety. The commission was chaired by Pinellas County sheriff Bob Gualtieri and stacked with pro-gun advocates. Despite the opposition of much of the Parkland community, the Florida Education Association (teachers union) and Florida PTA, Gualtieri pushed a recommendation through to arm teachers via the state’s “Guardian” program.
It was later revealed that Gualtieri had given NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch nonpublic information obtained by the commission after appearing with her on NRA-TV. Brady Judd, a radical sheriff from Polk County, also appeared on NRA-TV to brag about his advocacy to arm teachers as member of Scott’s commission.
Now Florida Senate president Bill Galvano, who received $500,000 from Everytown for Gun Safety during his 2018 re-election campaign, wants to bring the Scott commission’s proposal to arm teachers to the floor for a vote. Galvano has not allowed consideration of any gun control bills during the 2019 legislative session.
Please contact Florida Senate President Bill Galvano through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:
I want to see you permanently table SB 7030, the “Implementation of Legislative Recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission” act which would arm Florida teachers via the “Guardian” program. This legislation is immoral. It would prepare teachers to kill their students—because students are almost always the shooters in these incidents. Florida’s young people understand that and they see you refusing to take any substantial efforts this session to disarm troubled students and get them the help they need. SB 7030 is also downright dangerous given the heightened risk it would expose school campuses to (i.e., accidental discharges, theft, mistaken identity, etc.). You clearly have no interest in keeping the peace. You are moving SB 7030 to further fetishize firearms in Florida; idolatry that constitutes a violation of your Catholic faith. And you’re cynically cashing checks from both sides (the NRA and Everytown) while you do it. TABLE SB 7030 and all other attempts to arm teachers IMMEDIATELY or I will be organizing in Senate District 21 (and statewide/nationally, if necessary) to ensure your political career ends when you term out in 2020. Barbaric “policy” that accepts mass shootings in our children’s schools as inevitable must end.
Florida state Senate President Bill Galvano
Phone: (941) 741-3401
Once you have contacted Sen. Galvano, fill in the three fields below and click the orange banner to report taking action!