The Parkland shootings are one of the saddest moments in the history of the United States of America. Yet, sadder still is the calamity that it has wrought as individuals twists themselves into pretzels trying to defend the Second Amendment. Indeed, it is the children who died, and are now being criminalized. By any measure of conventional wisdom, the idea of arming teachers is madness. Though it may have been apropos to state for some time, it is now certain that the state of Florida has descended into madness without impunity.
Steve Kerr on the Parkland, Florida shooting: “It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death.” https://t.co/2WKxHDuFZO
Pure madness to see that armed school security officers chose to remain outside, in earshot of the screams of dying children, and now the idea of arming teachers is legal in several states. Sean Simpson, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has spoken in favor of gun control efforts and said he might be open to the idea of carrying a gun in class. Now he is revealed to be completely incompetent with a weapon.
Police say 43-year-old Sean Simpson, a chemistry teacher at left the weapon, a 9mm, in a public bathroom. The gun was found by a homeless person, who picked it up and fired a shot in a wall! No one was injured. One imagines this is but the first of a what may be a series of ridiculous fumbles and missteps by armed public school teachers in areas where this is legal. Simpson was arrested and charged with failing to safely store his weapon.
In a related story, The Broward School Board unanimously rejected the states new program to arm school staff in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shootings.
Broward Schools will forgo its portion of the $67 million allocated statewide to implement the Aaron Feis Guardian Program, named after a popular coach killed in the Feb. 14 shooting.
The board will ask the state to redirect that money so Broward schools can hire more police officers. Broward appears to be an oasis of common sense in these mind-bending times.
To leave $67 million on the table is just a travesty, said school board member Robin Bartleman. We should definitely launch a campaign to persuade the governor for those districts who dont want to arm their employees, that they give us the money to keep our children safe in other ways, as opposed to leaving it there.