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    Florida enacts Guardian Program, other states discuss teachers carrying guns on campus

    Posted: 11:26 AM, Oct 03, 2019

    Updated: 3:39 PM, Oct 03, 2019
    By: Chloe Nordquist

    The Guardian Program went into effect in Florida on October 1, giving teachers the ability to be armed in the classroom during school hours after a background check, training, and a psych

    The law was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in February 2018. While some Florida counties and school districts opted out, Florida isn’t the first state to implement a statewide approach to the armed teacher discussion. Courtesy: FASTER Colorado “We believe it’s a highly misguided approach to solving the gun violence epidemic in this country,” Marnie Camensky, president of Colorado CeaseFire Outreach, said. Colorado CeaseFire is a gun violence prevention volunteer organization created after the Columbine High shooting in 1999.

    Laura Carno, executive director of FASTER Colorado, has a different opinion. “When you have armed protection there for children, there are fewer casualties,” she said. FASTER Colorado is a nonprofit that trains armed school staff members.

    “About 40 percent are actually teachers, and then the other 60 percent are not teachers so it could be a janitor, principal, bus driver, front office, lunch lady, whomever,” Carno said. States considering legislation in regards to guns on campus in 2018

    In 2018, 34 bills concerning guns on campus were introduced in 20 states. One was enacted. This year, 47 bills were introduced in 18 states, four were enacted, according to the Education Commission of the States.

    “More areas are looking at passing laws like this,” Carno said.

    “I’m 100 percent in favor of the Guardian Program,” Evan Todd said.

    Todd was a survivor of the Columbine High shooting in 1999.

    “I was in the library. I was the first student targeted as they came in the door. They shot, I was hit in the lower left side of my back,” he said. “Then they came in and shot at random, murdered my classmates execution style. There was over seven minutes that they roamed free with no one to stop them.”

    Thirteen people were killed at Columbine High in 1999.

    “I kept wondering where is help, is someone coming to stop them and no one ever did and that’s happened far too many times,” he said. Today, Todd has a toddler of his own and school safety is a top priority.

    “I’m not gonna drop him off at a school that I don’t personally as a parent think is fit to protect or educate my son,” he said. Todd has gone through the FASTER program himself to get a better understanding of what school faculty and teachers are learning.

    Todd is also part of Bullets Both Ways, a company that sponsors medical and firearm training scholarships for school and church staff, founded by Aaron Boyd after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    “All of us are concerned with the safety and security of our schools, houses of worship and public places,” Boyd said. He has family members who are teachers and has gone through the FASTER program himself. Boyd also started a new nonprofit arm of Bullets Both Ways this year called Angel Shield.

    “Arming teachers in schools is absolutely not the answer,” Marnie Camensky said.

    Camensky and the rest of the Colorado CeaseFire organization push for alternate solutions, like a Safe Storage bill.

    “That would entail making sure your firearms are locked up so that your children can’t access them,” she said.

    She also believes in looking at the mental health aspect. “Investing in more resources in that area is gonna go so much farther than just simply putting another armed officer at the school,” she said.

    They all agree that what’s most important is child safety.

    “There’s not a day that goes by when my kids leave for school and I don't think ‘Is today going to be the day that I get that call’ and we shouldn’t have to live that way,” Camensky said.

    “Bottom line is we need to protect our schools, we need to protect our children,” Todd said.

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    Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10

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    It's amazing how we have to fight for what the NRA supported to begin with to protect our kids in the schools. And yes, the NRA supported the 1990's Gun Free Zone Act. And now, they want your money to fight to change it.

    Here is what LaPierre said, on behalf of the NRA, when testifying on
    May 27, 1999 , before the Subcommittee on Crime of the House Judiciary Committee:

    “We think it's reasonable to support the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act.”

    They helped put these schools in this situation.. Who in their right mind who supports and want to defend the 2nd Amendment and the over all Constitution would pay for that?

    Think really hard about that.

    To quote an American judge:
    "To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If some cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege." [Wilson Vs. States (1878)]

    Asking some other Americans if they should BE ALLOWED to arm themselves to defend themselves and the people / kids they’re in charge of if they want to be shouldn’t even be a question. It is Unconstitutional and Unconscionable. The Constitution guarantees that right. We need to stop asking the question and start doing it. Anything else is admitting our rights come from man / govt and we are accepting that PERMISSION. The NRA, BFA by endorsing Dewine, and many others so called 2nd Amendment advocates are complicit in acceptance of that PERMISSION being granted from the very government our founders were protecting the American people from to begin with. It Needs to stop! DEMAND the people who wants to protect themselves and the ones they’re in charge of be armed and protect that right and stop “compromising” on our rights. It is killing innocent Americans all across this country.
    I carry a firearm because a cop is too heavy and takes too many breaks.

    Montani Semper Liberi - (Mountaineers Are Always Free)