In light of the devastating consequences of the Florida school shooting, a bill is being proposed in Alabama that calls for teachers in schools be allowed to carry weapons on them.
14th February was one of the most difficult days in US history, as 17 innocent lives were lost at the Stoneman Douglas High School. The culprit was, 19-year-old, Nikolas Cruz who was a former student at the school and had been expelled due to behavior problems.
In light of the tragic incident, many are calling on the Trump Administration to reform laws pertaining to gun possession and advocate for more gun control in the country.
Representative, Will Ainsworth of Guntersville, is among many who believe more gun control would not solve the problem. He has a different proposition in mind.
Ainsworth wants to introduce a bill, which would enable teachers and school personnel to carry weapons on them in school. The bill will also allow them to take training in how to make proper use of the weapon in emergency situations.According to Unilad, Ainsworth said, “Our children are sitting duck in gun-free schools and as the parent of three public school students, I believe we must act now in order to prevent another tragedy.”
He continued, “With roughly two-thirds of the regular session remaining, there’s ample time to research, introduce, pass and enact this much-needed and potentially life-saving legislation.”He further said, “More gun control will not stop someone who is intent upon inflicting harm in our schools, but someone who is properly trained and armed with the right equipment certainly can. It is my hope that passage of this legislation can be fast-tracked once it has been introduced.”
The proposition, however, was not appreciated by Senator Doug Jones. In an interview with WKRG, Doug hailed is as “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”
He said, “I think that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I think it’s crazy. You don’t need 40-50 guns in there and it’s a cost issue. You’re going to have to train those teachers. You don’t need to arm America in order to stop this, you just need to be smart about it.”
The Florida school shooting took seventeen lives and left fifteen other children injured!
The students of the school and all over the United States organized a protest to urge the government to pass legislation demanding stricter gun control in the United States.
Further protests are planned in the near future as well to speak from mental health, school safety, and gun control.
The Trump administration is being heavily criticized for its lack of attention given to this important issue.
A lawyer from the US attacked Trump’s policies on Twitter by pointing out the irony of his pro-life stance when it came to abortion laws but not so much when it was in context with gun control. The Tweet gained a lot of attention online.
He wrote, “Let’s rename ‘school’ as ‘uterus’ so maybe Republican lawmakers will want to do something about the children dying inside them.”
According to Gun Violence Archive, 1,977 deaths have already occurred in the United States in the year 2018.