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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Is the proposal to arm teachers about keeping kids safe or about protecting the NRA

Is the proposal to arm teachers about keeping kids safe or about protecting the NRA

Andrew Pollack, appointed to the state board of education, apparently only because he wants to arm teachers, had this troubling tweet today.

Really CNN is biased but NRATV isn’t. Oy vey, and Rick Scott somehow thinks this guy is qualified to be on the state board of education?

Then two members of the Parkland commission appeared on NRATV

From Florida Politics:

Florida gun advocates expressed anger over the weekend at members of the Parkland commission who promoted pro-gun policy positions on NRATV, a publicity arm of the National Rifle Association.

“NRA is nothing more than a gun lobby group and NRATV is the propaganda arm of that gun lobby group,” said Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in the Parkland shooting.

“Anyone who says that they support school safety is WRONG and they know it. They support chaos in schools and gun sales. Sad when some in policy positions buy into that agenda.”

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission formed after a shooter on Feb. 14 killed 17 people in the high school.

NRATV closely followed the commission report and promoted some of its recommendations, including the arming of teachers. Members of the commission, including chair and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, spoke to NRATV about the findings.

Gualtieri on Friday conducted an interview with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch for a segment largely focused on a commission recommendation to arm teachers at Florida schools.

“You’ve got to have a good guy with a gun there and somebody who can stop these events when they begin,” Gualtieri said.

Um, why wasn’t Guttenberg appointed to the state board of education, I mean if the requirement are you had a child murdered at Parkland and you have advocated for school safety then he is as good a candidate as Pollack.

Then Gualteieri already said on the radio show First Coast Connect arming teachers was about saving money as much as anything.

This is all beginning to look like nothing more than a scurrilous attempt to prop up the NRA with our children being used as pawns.

It’s no secret the NRA has taken a few hits over the last couple years and there are reports it is bleeding money as well. Is it too much to think that some far right supporters of it might use the tragedy too prop up the NRA?       

We need real solutions to our problems, not solutions done on the cheap, which Gualteieri basically admits what arming teachers is, and definitely not solutions that make our children less safe.

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