Florida Republicans just tried to give guns to cafeteria ladies and librarians

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The Florida legislature is about to push through a deeply flawed gun reform bill that will ban armed teachers but craftily shifting the duties to carry firearms from just the police to the hands of some unlikely armed school personnel. This bill has 80% of the NRA’s ‘holy grail’ legislative wish to use Parkland’s tragedy to bring more guns onto school grounds, by arming librarians, cafeteria ladies, and all kinds of support staffers.

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Ever since Parkland parents spoke out last week, Republicans have been whipping up votes in the state House to pass the State Senate’s bill, SB 7026, which stripped out the ‘Marshal program’ that would’ve forced a mandatory armed teachers program on every Florida county. The NRA has been trying to flood schools with guns ever since the Newtown massacre and the only thing standing in the way of the Florida House making their dream a reality today is a single vote.

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“Today’s bill would put guns into the hands of cafeteria ladies,” says Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo, who voted against the Senate’s bill last night, which sadly passed.

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Today, Florida House Democrats are dismayed that Republicans are insisting on bringing more guns into schools, and State Rep. Roy Hardemon (D-Miami) told Washington Press exclusively:

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“This bill would arm librarians, custodians, really any person that’s not 100% a ‘school teacher’.”

“Librarians aren’t into law enforcement, it’s just not the right job for them to be armed with a gun. Their job is to find a book or check out a book, but now the legislature will give them another duty; to look out for deranged persons or students who bring guns to school.”

“That should not be. Not in a learning environment. We already have school police for that.”

It’s unfortunate that Florida’s Senate – with the help of some wayward Democrats – already voted to pass a “watered down” bill from last week that will have the NRA cheering if today’s House vote passes the same bill.

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“We need Gun Reform Now, but we should absolutely not be putting more guns in schools, which is the NRA’s goal,” says the US Congressional campaign for State Rep. David Richardson (D-Miami) is tied up on the floor of the House, fighting to get Democrats to hold the line against today’s terrible NRA-friendly bill.

“On the federal level,” Richardson’s campaign for an open Congressional seat in Florida’s 27th district added, “let’s raise the purchasing age, universal background checks, and ban Assault Weapons.”

The only way to stop today’s bill is a public outcry because the NRA’s iron grip on Florida’s Republican governor guarantees that he’ll sign the bill into law and declare victory for gun companies eager to arm your school’s lunch ladies, wrestling coaches, and bus drivers.

If you want to make a difference, call and email the key legislators below and tell them to Vote NO on any bill including the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program today, and share this story:

Rep. Holly Raschein (R)

(850) 717-5120

Holly.Raschein@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Jose Oliva (R)

(850) 717-5110

jose.oliva@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. (R)

(850) 717-5103

Manny.Diaz@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Jeanette Nunez (R)

(850) 717-5119

jeanette.nunez@myfloridahouse.gov

 

Rep. Katie Edwards (D)

(850) 717-5098

Katie.Edwards@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Kristin Jacobs (D)

(850) 717-5096

Kristin.Jacobs@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Brian Avila (R)

(850) 717-5111

Bryan.Avila@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Daniel Perez (R)

(850) 717-5116

Daniel.Perez@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Richard Stark (D)

(850) 717-5104

Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov

 

Rep. Joe Geller (D)

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(850) 717-5100

Joe.Geller@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D)

(850) 717-5097

Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov

Grant Stern

Editor at Large

Grant Stern is a columnist for the Washington Press. He's also mortgage broker, writer, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida.

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