Column: I’m a veteran who respects the Second Amendment and I oppose arming teachers.

Column: I’m a veteran who respects the Second Amendment and I oppose arming teachers.

Gun Rights

As a U.S. Navy veteran who has fought to protect and defend freedom, including the right to bear arms, I oppose legislation that puts guns into teachers’ hands. The Florida Capitol. SCOTT KEELER | Times I’m one of the few, if not only, members of the Florida House to have been in a gunfight. I understand the chaos, adrenaline and confusion inherent in an armed confrontation. When I served a tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom, I witnessed even the most highly trained soldiers — men and women with years of firearm training and conditioning — make mistakes with their weapons they were trained to overcome. This is why I am deeply troubled by proposed legislation to allow Florida teachers to carry firearms in their classrooms. Such a policy would expect teachers with sparse training to make rapid, tactical, and mortal decisions in a classroom full of children. Walking into a line of fire requires intense, immersive training. Fewer than 150 hours’ worth of preparation barely qualifies a civilian for spending unsupervised time at a firing range, let alone engaging an armed assailant. As a U.S. Navy veteran who has fought to protect and defend freedom, including the right to bear arms, I oppose legislation that puts guns into teachers’ hands. The call to arm teachers is not one that’s coming from inside the classroom. Teachers, students, and veterans, among others, have all sounded the alarm on this dangerous proposal. There is little evidence to support the claim […]

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