Florida Dems launch ad campaign to stop counties from arming teachers
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It's the start of a new ad series targeted at minority voters.

Democrats lost the fight in the Legislature on the issue of allowing teachers to be armed. Now, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) is turning to an ad campaign to push minority school districts not to sign off on such a move.

It’s the start of a new yearlong ad series by the FDP targeted at minority voters.

A bill approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature (SB 7030) allows for school districts to permit teachers to join the state’s Guardian Program. That would enable a teacher to be armed after undergoing a 144-hour training program.

The new FDP ad will be in African American newspapers. It urges voters to lobby their school board against expanding the Guardian Program.

“Florida Republicans passed a bill that could put thousands of guns in schools,” the ad reads.

“Call your local school board and tell them you oppose giving teachers guns.”

The ad then follows with phone numbers of those school board members.

The first ads are part of a new series from the FDP: “Don’t Fear The Future. Fight For It.”

Florida Democrats say they’re aiming to highlight policies approved by Republicans which hurt minority communities.

Topics in upcoming ads include a new private school voucher program Democrats argue hurt the state’s public schools (SB 7070) and implementing legislation for Amendment 4 (SB 7066) that requires ex-felons to pay court fines and restitution before having their voting rights restored, save some exceptions.

Democrats have called that measure an act of “voter suppression.” Republicans have pushed back hard against those characterizations.

FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo also added a statement on the motivation for the new slate of ads to be released in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

“The Florida Democratic Party will continue to expose the harm Donald Trump, and Republican policies inflict upon our communities,” Rizzo said.

“This ad campaign highlights the fact that Donald Trump and Florida Republicans are fighting for policies that put our children in harm’s way, defund education, restrict voting rights that erode the voices of black and brown communities across the state. Democrats have a path forward that lifts all of us up, and this ad campaign allows us to make our case directly to voters.”

Ryan Nicol

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  • Cogent Observer

    May 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Oh, those unfortunate, underserved children and adults who have known nothing but poverty and violence in their own lives. They must be given a pass on the violence that they commit, even if committed in a school or in a classroom. Wrong.

    If those populations continue to behave in ways that are inconsistent with a civilized people, this is one of the few alternatives available. They have demonstrated their disrespect for the lives and property of others, and those others have to be protected.

    That said, the teachers who do arm themselves must be proficient in the use of their weapons or face consequences themselves.

  • Black Blade

    May 22, 2019 at 6:14 am

    The Peasants kids in public schools should not have armed security like the Elites kids in their private schools. Only the Elites and well connected should have such security for their children. At least that’s what the Dems would have us believe.

  • Rich

    May 22, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Gun Free Zones are killing zones..
    Mindless gun-free zones are what mass shootings have in common. They are killing zones, free from good guys with guns. Cold, Calculating mass murderers know exactly what they are doing and most chose places where guns are not allowed and thus where he wouldn’t have to worry about his plan being foiled.

  • Rich

    May 22, 2019 at 9:34 am

    “Saving Your Neighborhood Children Takes Five Minutes”
    Dear school board member, (Dear state legislator,)
    I was lied to. We were promised that students would be safer once we made it illegal for honest adults to carry guns on, or near, a school campus. Well that promise sure didn’t work. The US Department of Justice reports that almost all the active shooter incidents took place in “gun-free” zones. A quarter of those incidents took place in our schools.
    That is unacceptable.
    It is a nice letter, but it is meaningless without you. You can make it powerful. It takes one letter and a week, but you can change lives. Here is what you do with five minutes a day.
    I offer you the words, but your actions make it politically powerful.
    Go save lives.

  • Barry Hirsh

    May 22, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    It’s simply befuddling how the Democrats can get away with pushing non-stop BS.

    Want your kids to be safe? Ban their protectors from being armed.

    Want to insure that responsible pubic officials are elected? Let criminals vote.

    Etc., etc., etc.

    Just unbelievable.

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