I had a lefty tell me today that the Florida Governor had violated the Constitution by issuing an unfunded mandate. Specifically, he stated that the State was requiring schools have armed guards and fences, but did not provide enough funding to pay for it. 

I told him that I disagree- there was a way to provide the armed guards and fences without having to spend more than the state had given them: The guardian program. Instead of paying two deputies to stand around and flirt with the school secretaries, simply allow teachers to volunteer to go through the training and carry firearms. 

He argued with me, claiming that schools wouldn’t want the liability, that no teacher would want to go through all of that training, what if a teacher went nuts and shot a student, all of the typical antigun talking points. 

I shot each one down with calm logic. He walked away after changing the subject. 

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Don Curton · September 23, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Unfortunately, I think the liability issue here is key.

Scenario 1, principal puts up a visible but ineffective security theater and hopes a school shooting doesn't occur. Statistically he is in good shape as long as he's not in charge of some gang-ridden inner-city school. And if a school shooting does occur, he can claim he did everything possible as he bravely states that XYZ school will stay XYZ strong!

Or, Scenario 2, he allows teachers to conceal carry. Somewhere, somehow, some dumbass will leave a gun laying around cause that happens (police lose guns all the time, apparently). Some kid will get it, and then parents will sue the school district, he'll lose his job and never work again.

Putting in the best protection for students isn't the primary concern, it never was. Taking care of #1 is and always has been the guiding principle.

Divemedic · September 23, 2020 at 9:21 pm

1 I don't see how having armed cops there is any less of a liability, especially with the BLM noise.
2 That still doesn't make it an unfunded mandate.

Don Curton · September 23, 2020 at 11:42 pm

I don't disagree with you in principle, but in practice I don't think there will be any real change. People in charge are way more invested in security theater than actual security. Uniformed police "look" better than concealed carry teachers. Makes people feel warm and fuzzy.

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