Florida arms teachers and raises gun purchase age

New York PostFlorida lawmakers shot down an amendment on Monday that would have banned semi-automatic “assault” weapons like the AR-15 used in the Parkland school massacre.

They did, however, agree to raise the legal age for purchasing a firearm to 21 — and approved legislation that would give teachers the right to carry guns in school, NBC-2 reports.

The amendments were introduced as part of a packaged set of bills being offered up following Nikolas Cruz’ alleged shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

I'd guess we'll have a Supreme Court case about whether 18 year olds can have their fundamental rights limited until they are 21. (Alcohol is a trickier case because the amendment that repealed prohibition also allowed for regulation; and state law is different from federal law, though the 2nd Amendment has now been incorporated against the states). It's likely to take a while to get there, though.

Arming teachers can take effect much faster, and may have some beneficial effects. Mass spree killings are so rare that it's hard to really measure the effects of legislation like this.

Is it a good compromise? No, I don't think so. Not when police ignore the warning signs for someone like the killer in this case. Fix the problem: identifying those with mental health problems and who are prone to violence, make sure they are on the NICS list, and confined if necessary. At the very least, if they are making threats, prosecute them for those threats.

This is just a committee vote, not a final vote, so if you live in Florida you still have time to get involved.

This entry was published Tue Feb 27 10:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-02-27 10:59:14.0. [Tweet]

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