Kent’s Note: This story comes from the Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Senate president says he is “very open” to a proposal that would allow volunteer teachers to carry concealed handguns if they pass a background check and undergo extensive training.
Senate President Bill Galvano said Thursday he will consider the proposal the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission passed 13-1 on Wednesday. The commission is investigating the Feb. 14 massacre that left 17 dead and making recommendations to the governor and Legislature.
Supporters argue that even the best response by law enforcement will likely take two to three minutes to confront a shooter, while teachers could immediately.
Galvano said he wants a “realistic conversation” about what arming teachers would accomplish and that he plans to speak to opponents like the state teachers union and PTA. They say adding guns will make schools less safe and that teachers should not also have to be armed guards.