Florida Bill Would Block Funding to Arm Teachers

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Firearms instructor demonstrates the proper way to grip a pistol to a group of local public school teachers in Sarasota, Florida January 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Brian Blanco)

A Congresswoman has re-introduced a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from using anti-terrorism funds to purchase guns for teachers.

US Representative Val Demings (D-Fla.) announced on Monday that she has re-introduced The Secure Communities and Safe Schools Act, which would hinder the use of Homeland Security and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant money to buy educators firearms.

“Arming teachers is a recipe for disaster — a reckless plan which will complicate active-shooter situations, as well as forcing teachers to take on not only the responsibility but also the hurt, pain, guilt, and liability when they find themselves out-skilled and out-gunned — with our children in the crossfire,” Demings said in a statement. “As a 27-year law enforcement officer, the…

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  • demetrius.ball

    Why not devote these federal funds to hiring more teachers, counselors, social workers, and culturally responsive teaching? We need to help students develop stronger relationships with their school communities.

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