Democrats Put Up Fiery Fight Over Arming Teachers
Before the Parkland Shooting, many lawmakers would not even look at a gun bill to bring forth on the table.
After the shooting, liberals made their way into the picture and found the opportunity which would get their voices heard.
It not only gave them grounds to stand on, but it caused an ongoing debate which brings about the true colors of the Democrats and their agenda they have been pushing behind the scenes.
One law at a time and one ban at a time. After the Parkland shooting, the Trump administration wanted some of the federal funding to go toward arming teachers and giving them the proper training.
The debates began in March of 2018 when Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat from Florida, tried to propose a bill to block federal funding to arm teachers.
Republicans removed the bill from the committee to stop her from making the proposal.
Deming’s bill would not have allowed government grant money used for urban security projects and homeland security to go toward arming and training teachers.
This was at a time when the House of Representatives was controlled by the GOP.
Later in the year, we saw a different turn of events when the Democrats would regain control of the House.
In August of 2018, Democrats were turning toward a more positive perspective that they would regain control of the House and would try to ban and amend more pro-gun laws.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos began pushing for the idea of arming teachers through federal funds.
The bill had reached the Senate by this point, and Senator Chris Murphy pushed back to amend the bill when he took the floor stating, “Congress doesn’t think this is a good idea. Parents don’t think this is a good idea. Teachers don’t think this is a good idea.”
The majority of Democrats in the Senate supported Senator Chris Murphy’s amendment including Senator Richard Blumenthal who was co-sponsor.
Congress had passed the $50 million school safety bill in March but excluded the purchase of any firearms and training.
DeVos decided to take a different route to use a different Education Department Program which would not restrict the purchasing of firearms and the training necessary for teachers.
Texas and Oklahoma were the first states to adopt and put into effect the idea of arming and training teachers.
Other states followed which include, Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Idaho, Montana, Missouri, Oregon, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington.
Other states have the option of letting the teachers carry guns or not. None of the states use federal funding to arm and train teachers.
They use funds from other education programs set up specifically for the protection of the students. These states do not have any gun violence issues.
The Senate Debate continued back and forth when Manny Santos stood up and said he was “inclined to be in favor of DeVos’ proposal.” He concluded, “In today’s violent climate of mass-school shootings, it’s important that we promote public policy that allows Americans to defend themselves and their loved ones. Our Second Amendment rights should not stop when school starts,”
Today we find ourselves in a Democrat-controlled House and a Republican owned Senate.
The debate was still ongoing as of this past March. The Democrats are not budging on their plans to bar funding for arming and training teachers.
Though few Republicans agree with the left side of this matter, there are still some who follow the charge led by Senator Murphy.
The moral side of the debate is our children need to be protected in any way possible.
Many teachers have stated they love their students like their own children. Kids spend the majority of their time with these teachers, and many teachers would lay down their life for their students.
But just laying down one’s life does not protect another from being slaughtered.
Being armed and trained in threatening situations gives the teacher a fighting chance to stop a perpetrator in their tracks.
Possibly it would make them think twice about even attacking innocent children and teachers who are in the school to do their job and learn.
Some teachers do not feel comfortable with guns or around guns which is fine.
But unfortunately, surprise attacks are not expected to happen on any given day by the victims, it is then the innocent teachers and students inside the school wish there was someone there to protect them with a gun.
Then, it is too late.