Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Mental Health Funding Tied To Florida's Controversial Gun Legislation

Nikolas Cruz Hundreds of Cambridge Rindge and Latin students walk out to protest gun violence
Kenny Thornton | 10 March, 2018, 22:20

"He will be meeting with victims' families on Friday in Tallahassee before he acts".

"It's an example to the entire country that government can and has moved fast", said Scott, whose state has been ruled for 20 years by gun-friendly Republican lawmakers.

The National Rifle Association opposes raising the age to buy a gun to 21, as well as the three-day waiting period to purchase a gun.

"This bill does that", he said.

Scott has refused so far to say if he'll sign the bill. Carly Novell, editor of the school's newspaper, said DeVos had little interaction with students and teachers during her hourlong visit.

Democrat member Amy Mercado said: "The thought of even one student being gunned down by the person responsible for educating and caring for them is just too much".

Tony Montalto, whose daughter Gina died in the shooting, said the law is the "beginning of the journey". "It's nowhere near what we want, but it's progress and uplifting to see".

The bill's passage signaled a possible turning point in the national debate between gun control advocates and proponents of firearms rights enshrined in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.

Each minute pays homage to the 17 people killed on February 14 at the Florida high school.

The governor, who is expected to mount a U.S. Senate campaign to oust incumbent Democrat U.S. Bill Nelson, is in a tough spot, politically, after splitting with President Donald Trump and some Republicans over what should be done.

And less than two after after Scott signed the bill into law, the NRA sued Florida in federal court to block the law.

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John Berry, a lawyer who defends police officers, said if a school employee shot a student carrying a toy gun, mistaking it for a real weapon, a plaintiff might have a strong case.

The lawsuit names Attorney General Pam Bondi and Rick Swearingen of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Rubio or Florida Gov. Rick Scott or the Florida state legislature comes up with an excuse like blaming the shooting on mental illness rather than the easy availability of mass-killing military-style weapons, they shout "BS!"

Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who helped develop a $400 million school-safety initiative, said the response to the Parkland tragedy became the "most important" issue facing the Legislature. "To me, this is a start for us", Andrew Pollack, accompanied by his son Hunter, told reporters after Scott signed the school-safety package (SB 7026).

"I'm on a mission to make sure I'm the last dad to ever read a statement of this kind".

One of the more controversial elements of the plan is a "school marshal" program that would allow certain school personnel who are specially trained and certified by law enforcement to carry concealed weapons on campus to help protect students in the event of an active shooter.

Boldrick said she's taking the threats seriously but isn't letting them change her daily routine.

The legislation would put some restrictions on rifle sales, provide new mental health programs for schools and improve communication between school districts, law enforcement and state agencies.

The original draft of the legislation would have allowed classroom teachers to participate in the marshal program, but teachers were removed from participating after Scott expressed his objections.

There's been a lot of talk about the demonstration, with some students anxious about participating in an event that's not sanctioned by the school, Gise said.

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