Politics

Fort Lauderdale Moms Opine About Armed Guards in Schools

A Florida House subcommittee passed a bill yesterday that would allow schools the option of hiring former or current law enforcement officers and military officers to carry firearms on campuses -- "any preschool, elementary school, middle school, junior high school, secondary school, career center, or postsecondary school, whether public or nonpublic."

The bill is called House Bill 753, and it will now head to the House Judiciary Committee.

The topic of armed security in schools has been a national discussion since the Sandy Hook tragedy. The loudest opinions have come from politicians, gun advocates, and hyperbolic talking heads who are convinced that one more or one fewer gun will surely be the marble that tips our country's scale into a postapocalyptic desert of unpatriotic zombies.

Those aren't the people we should be listening to.

Instead, it should be those who have the most at stake: The boo-boo-kissing, lunch-box-packing, time-out-assigning mommies of America.

See also: Top Six Gun-Related Bills Being Discussed by Florida Legislature

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Ryan Pfeffer is Miami New Times’ music editor. After earning a BS in editing, writing, and media from Florida State University, Ryan joined the New Times staff in November 2013 as a web editor, where he coined the phrase "pee-tweet" (to retweet someone while urinating). Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, he’s now neck-deep in bass and booty in the 305.
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