Arming Miss Daisy – Will Florida Arm Teachers in the Classrooms? Florida state legislature sent gun & school safety bill to Governor Rick Scott who signed it Wednesday!


by Al Bloomfield
Friday, March 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 the Florida House of Representatives approved by vote of 67 to 50 Senate Bill 7026 – a gun and school safety bill which would raise the age to purchase firearms in Florida to 21, prohibit the sale or possession of “bump stocks” (which allow semiautomatic firearms to fire faster), impose a three days’ waiting period for most firearms purchases, create new mental health school programs, and establish a controversial “guardian program” allowing some school employees to carry handguns on school campuses (with law enforcement training) but only in school districts that vote to join the program.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a conservative Republican plutocrat, has repeatedly stated that he does not support arming teachers. Instead, the governor has advocated the adoption of a policy of establishing at least one law enforcement officer per public school as well as one for every 1,000 students who attend a Florida public school. Mr. Scott has tried to get Florida legislators to adopt his proposal. However, on Friday, March 9, 2018, he signed into law – as is – the act into law.

SB 7026 comes in response to the Ash Wednesday Massacre – a mass shooting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 innocent people (mostly teenagers) were murdered by an intruder using a bump stocked AR 15 semiautomatic rifle.

The alleged shooter was former student, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. On Wednesday the alleged mass murderer was indicted on 34 counts of premeditated murder, 17 in the 1st° and 17 in the 2nd°.

Sources of information for this report included NBC, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News and the Ocala Star Banner.

What do you think of arming teachers on school campuses? After your comment please leave your name, city, state or province and country. Personal attacks against other commentators are not allowed, shall not be tolerated, and shall lead to all such offending comments being summarily deleted.


  1. I believe it is a terrible idea to arm teachers in schools. At the last school shooting we had a trained professional officer who wouldn’t go inside the school during the shooting. Three more officers showed up to the scene and they also didn’t go in while children were being murdered. Witnesses said that when the officers did come in they were pointing their guns at the children and teachers while they were clearing the rooms. Imagine if teachers had guns while these cops were clearing the rooms most likely those teachers would have been shot. If the teachers who are armed during the confrontation with a gunman inside of a school were brave enough to do what training officers wouldn’t do. I believe there would be children caught in the crossfire between the teachers and the gunman. Instead of arming teachers I believe schools should be made of hardened with metal detectors armed trained personnel and fewer points of entry,but I’m sure that’s too expensive.It’s just children’s lives.

    Coral Springs, FL USA
    (near the shootings)

    • I agree with Trevor. Could you imagine cops not knowing if the armed teacher is the suspect or not? What would be the protocol for that? And in a shootout among teachers, coops and suspects, who do you think will be catching the bullets in between them? The students!

      Al Bloomfield
      Belleview, FL USA

  2. OK I need to make an important point here first. I have no clue where these people got the idea that laws stop crime. Pass a law, create a criminal is more closer to reality. there are many people these days that are not going to gaslighted into giving up any of their rights, besides, honest citizens clining to thir second amendment rights did not commit the crime to begin with. I do not even have time to go over the incosistancys in the Story, which by the way happened in Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s home district.


  3. Resource officers have been a fixture on school campuses for years so why arm teachers now? My educator sister had her wallet stolen from her purse that was placed on her chair and pushed under the desk, while her back was turned to the blackboard DURING class. What if it had been a firearm instead.


  4. Rick Scott’s more levelheaded proposal of increasing the number of police officers assigned to schools was displaced by the hysteria now at hand which has infected a pliant legislature gripped by fear. Arming teachers in the classrooms is madness.

    Supposedly, teachers in Israeli classrooms are armed. I have a friend in Israel, and I am asking him about this and will bring his answer back to this forum.

    Al Bloomfield
    Belleview, FL USA

  5. When I consider what I might think of any teacher being armed on a school campus, all I have to do is think back to my high school biology teacher – the late Mrs. McRae. I think about this fragile wonderful little old white lady trying to nervously brandish a gun – and then having that same gun taken from her by the suspect, if he didn’t shoot her first, or she shoot one of us students by mistake. The nervous teacher in the picture trying to hold a gun reminds me of Mrs. McRae (although the pictured lady is younger than she was).

    Like Trevor, I believe that arming teachers in the classrooms is a very bad idea. But I promise you that the Marion County School Board WILL vote to join this “Guardian program” and will attempt to arm teachers in the classroom. Mark my words!

    Al Bloomfield
    Belleview, FL USA

  6. I’m going to refrain from discussing Forcing Liberal Teachers to carry firearms, the Last liberal I saw with a gun, he picked it up, did not check the weapon clear, and looked down the barrel. In addition, if this story’s meaning escapes you, then you are most likely a liberal. Which is OK to be a liberal, just please let others take care of the firearms. We do not want anyone to get hurt.


  7. Arming teachers is, in my opinion, not a good idea. There are 2 aspects to consider:
    1. Additional load on teachers who have to undergo police training (some of them might not have held a gun in their hands before). Instead of focusing on their job and students, now they have to be expert shooters. Cause if they’re less, innocents might be hurt accidentally when ‘Miss Daisy’ fires out of panic without aiming correctly. Many teachers might not have ‘the gut’ to stand up against the shooter. And it’s not their job either.
    2. This promotes a frightening environment for students, especially young impressionable ones. Seeing teachers with guns everyday is not a pretty picture.

    What to do then? There’s no easy answer. I can only speak about school incidents in my country. We’ve had no shootings, but occasionally there were school fights, dubious people infiltrating the school abusing students, bullying them for money and other similar acts. The solution was to place 1-2 professional guards at the entrance of each school campus. These are men (occasionally women) trained to prevent, break or start a fight, depending on situation. This is their only job, being prepared to act in case something happens. Are they always efficient? I guess not, but such incidents dropped significantly.
    To sum up my 2 cents, leave it to the pros… security to law enforcement, teaching to teachers.

    Galati, Romania

    • Cristi, I believe that your assessments of the situation are quite sound. Thank you very much. The idea of ‘Miss Daisy’ shooting out of panic reminds me of my old high school biology teacher Ms. McRae. I like the idea of school campus security. That sounds similar to what Governor Rick Scott of Florida suggested to the state legislature. But the politicians in Tallahassee (the state capital) have embraced the hysteria of the moment and will now be sending folks to work at schools with their “shootin’ irons”!

      Al Bloomfield
      Belleview, Florida USA

      • By the way, I’m surprised and impressed that Romania has never had a school shooting. May Saint Andrew the Apostle continue to smile down upon Romania, and may God above continue to bless Romania with such good fortune.

        Al Bloomfield
        Belleview, Florida USA

  8. My response will be unpopular, but I will leave it nonetheless.

    I can think of a handful of unintended consequences to such folly, which is the tendency of all expedient decisions. Here are just two;

    1) The first male teacher with heavy melanin content in his skin, armed in the midst of an active shooter situation, is going to find himself dead once the military-trained police force shows up, because that melanin is an inherent object of fear and hatred in this culture despite all overtures to the contrary..

    2) Someone’s child is going to end up dead because a teacher feared for their lives for the same reasons as those listed in number 1.

    All of this talk being bandied about now targets symptoms of a deeper, and terminal, disease; absent of the healthy fear of God and adherence to His Word, absent of His miraculous mercy upon souls, the hearts of men are constantly, incurably evil. The society is in the death-throes of all societies which both openly defy and refuse to acknowledge God’s ways. His law was removed from the public square and from the schools, because it was offensive to the feelings-based people who own themselves as their own god in idolatry.

    The result is that people forget that kids once had gun-racks, occupied with hunting rifles in the backs of their trucks in rural areas in this country, and there were no mass shootings. They forget the myriad ways in which the sacredness of life has been sandblasted from the consciousness of the society, through 24 hour glorification of violence in movies and television and music and games, and that there is a consequence to weening an entire generation on such mental fare.

    These laws are going to, at BEST, treat symptoms of a metastasizing disease of hatred for God and His ways, the refusal to obey God and own His Son Jesus as Lord in addition to Savior.

    Revelation 6:3-4 says, “When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come! ” Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him.”

    I submit to you, old friend, that this seal is open, and this horseman is in the Earth, doing as efficient a job as can be done, and we, who would rather obey our wretched selves than the God who made us, are beginning to experience the fruit of his work.

    The one and only remedy is rejected, and the patient dying of the terminal disease of its own sinful disease has the temerity to expect to live.

    Atlanta, GA USA

    • Sir, you believe your response will be “unpopular”? I do not regret that I am not of your opinion. But in regards to everything else you wrote, I am most certainly of your opinion. Everything that you have so clearly stated, with an obviously introspective eye, devoid of the sophistry of the moment, is – in consequence – as clear as water and just as refreshing. We are in complete agreement.

      Once again, you’ve demonstrated why we were such good friends after I had the good fortune of making your acquaintance when we were prep school boys at St. Ann’s so long ago.

      Al Bloomfield

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