In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day, an Alabama lawmaker is proposing to give teachers guns.
17 people lost their lives and more than fifty were injured, in the eighth deadliest mass shooting in contemporary US history and now, some pro-gun Americans want to fight fire with fire.
Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville wants a bill to be passed which would allow teachers and administrators to receive both training and authorisation to carry a concealed weapon in their school.
Proposing the bill, Ainsworth said:
Our children are sitting ducks in gun-free schools and as the parent of three public school students, I believe we must act now in order to prevent another tragedy.
With roughly two-thirds of the regular session remaining, there’s ample time to research, introduce, pass and enact this much-needed and potentially life-saving legislation.
Comparing the proposal to the role of armed air marshalls, he continued:
They wanted to know what we could do to prevent that in Alabama.
More gun control will not stop someone who is intent upon inflicting harm in our schools, but someone who is properly trained and armed with the right equipment certainly can.
It is my hope that passage of this legislation can be fast-tracked once it has been introduced.
Speaking to WKRG, Senator Doug Jones dubbed it the ‘dumbest idea I’ve ever heard’ and many other US citizens feel the solution would be to increase gun control.
Jimmy Kimmel told Donald Trump he’d done ‘worse than nothing’ in an emotional plea on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.
You can watch his full monologue below:
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Jimmy spoke directly to Trump when he said:
You still haven’t done anything about it, you’ve literally done nothing. Actually, you’ve done worse than nothing.
You like to say this is a mental health issue, but one of your very first acts as president, Mr Trump, was to actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.
You did that.
Authorities identified the suspect as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who’d been expelled for disciplinary reasons.
Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel, said Cruz was believed to have had an AR-15 rifle and multiple magazines in his arsenal.
The teenager has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Douglas, spoke at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale urging for people to take change into their own hands.
If all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.
Since the time of the Founding Fathers and since they added the Second Amendment to the Constitution, our guns have developed at a rate that leaves me dizzy.
The guns have changed but our laws have not.
You can watch her rousing speech below:
"They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS!" Florida high school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez calls on President Trump and lawmakers to tighten gun restrictions in impassioned speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale https://t.co/DgnqrrVs9x
— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2018
Research analysing mass shootings in 11 countries, covering the period from 2000-14, found the United States has more mass shootings – and more people cumulatively killed or injured – than Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland combined.
President Donald Trump tweeted his ‘prayers and condolences‘ to those affected, but others said prayers were not enough to appease the great pain caused by inaction in congress.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.