Sandy Hook Tragedy Has Florida Parents and Students on Edge

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Tensions have been high right here in Florida ever since the tragedy that unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday.

People are being arrested for bringing guns into schools, modified lockdowns are being enforced over bullets found on a school bus, and we're learning that bulletproof backpacks are a thing, and that Floridians are buying them in droves.

According to Leon County Sheriff's Office, a 15-year-old high school student was arrested today for bringing a handgun to his Tallahassee school.

And not just a handgun: a semiautomatic handgun.

Police say an alert student at Leon High School saw the ninth-grader with the weapon and informed school authorities.

According to school officials, the gun was not loaded. The student, who remains unidentified, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm and with possessing a firearm on school grounds.

Meanwhile, in Port Charlotte, the drunken grandfather of a Kingsway Elementary student was arrested for attempting to bring a gun into the school yesterday.

The man, identified as 61-year-old Stephen Miller, claimed he brought the gun because he was concerned for his grandchildren's safety in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

On Monday, a bullet was found on a school bus that transported children to three Tampa-area schools. The schools were forced into modified lockdowns while police searched the students who rode the bus.

And today comes the report that Salt Lake City-based armor company Amendment II has received $50,000 in orders from Florida for their $300 military-grade bulletproof backpacks.

Again, all following Newtown.

Tensions are high, and understandably so. 

In some schools, the tension is higher than in others, such as the lax in security in Gainesville's Kanapaha Middle School, where a man with a "Sniper" tattoo wandered onto school premises and walked through a PE class of about 100 students before asking staff members for food and beer.

There are no easy answers in the wake of such senselessness. And the complexities of dealing with the aftermath is equally uneasy.

But Florida law makers, in both their inaction and silence, aren't helping. 

They've done nothing in regard to making any kind of move toward improving gun laws or talking about gun laws or even mentioning gun laws in a way that might start to give parents and students some peace of mind.

Not a single piece of gun legislation has been introduced in either the Florida House or the Senate since Newtown. And Rick Scott came out with a very tepid response, merely saying that school districts should review their safety procedures (because they would have never thought of doing that all on their own!).

Democrats have been equally guilty, not doing much to pressure their pro-gun, pro-NRA colleagues to make a move or do... something.

Oh but Republican Florida Rep. Dennis "Stand Your Ground Law" Baxley spoke up on Monday. He wants a law that says teachers and principals should be allowed to carry guns in school.

So to recap: Tensions are high. Parents and students are understandably afraid. And the decisionmakers in Florida have done nothing to allay those fears except express a desire to make it OK for that 15-year-old who brought an unloaded gun into school to get justifiably shot by his Social Studies teacher.


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winsomelosesome topcommenter

WTF.  Where's Debbie Wasserman-Shultz?  She can't shut up about Republicans and what a blight they are on the planet.  Where is she on this one?  Guess she's with the "silent" ones. Or maybe, like usual, she hasn't got one good original idea in her lame brain.

frankd4 topcommenter

i want my M P G !

frankd4 topcommenter

what if JESUS had a GUN and used it to shoot and KILL pontious pilate ?

maybe we wouldn't have needed christianity ? or any religion ? maybe they have it right in SYRIA ?

frankd4 topcommenter

WAL-MART is the major source of inexpensive mass mechandized high-capacity clip military style assault GUNs,  which pretty much tells me all that needs to be known.................have you ever considered exactly who it is that shops at WAL-MART........enough said - right ?

otherwise it's really too bad that ADAM LANZA didn't take that gun out of his mother NANCYs COLD DEAD HANDs and eliminate the entire Westboro Baptist Church congregation

did you know that a full half of all GUN owners may suffer diminished mental capacity and that MORE THAN half of ALL deaths by GUN are suicides ?

the mental patients have taken over the asylum we call the NRA and the politicians wanting to protect them are currently canibalistically shaking them down for more and bigger political contributions

if there was no PROFIT in GUNs do you think anyone would really care about the second amendment ?

our olde people here in SOFLA can't DRIVE,  so how in the hell is it they should carry GUNs ?

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