Florida Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Everytown Respond to School Safety Commission Recommendation to Arm Teachers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today responded to a vote by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission recommending that the legislature allow teachers to be armed with guns in schools.
“As a student attending school in Florida, I am appalled that the commission that was established to make schools in our state safer is recommending teachers carry guns,” said Juliana Simone Carrasco, a high school student and volunteer with Students Demand Action. “I don’t want my teachers to be armed, I want my elected leaders to pass policies to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous intentions to begin with.”
“There is no evidence that arming teachers makes kids safer,” said Gay Valimont, volunteer leader with the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Our children deserve real solutions to keep them safe from gun violence – like a criminal background check on every gun sale – not policies that will put them at even higher risk.”
Under current Florida law, schools have multiple options with respect to armed security, including allowing some school staff to carry guns after extensive training. But, the law does not allow staff whose exclusive duty is educational – like teachers – to be armed.
Did you know?
Every day, 120 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of the most recent available data: 2018 to 2021.