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Gun Control and Militarized Schools Have Long Gone Hand in Hand

Rick Scott isn't blazing new ground here.

pxhere.compxhere.comIn the wake of the Parkland massacre, the most vocal Democrats have called for stricter gun controls. The most vocal Republicans have called for making schools more like fortresses: hiring more armed cops, installing more metal detectors, intensifying surveillance of students. On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott split the difference—he called for gun controls and for tightly secured schools.

Scott wasn't exactly blazing new ground here. One force lighting the fire for bringing armed cops and intrusive surveillance into American education, after all, was the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994. Gun control and militarized schooling have long gone hand in hand. To treat them as opposed approaches, you have to ignore the last quarter-century of zero tolerance policy.

Do they have to go hand in hand? Not per se. Schools can certainly try to be either gun-free or gun-friendly without erecting a TSA-style police state. There have been plenty of schools that have rules against firearms but haven't hired a gun-toting enforcer. And there have been plenty of schools where pretty much any adult who wants can have a gun on the premises. (In all the recent discussion of arming teachers, few have bothered to point out that more than a dozen states already allow instructors to bring guns to school.)

But when politicians produce public policy for an entire state—or an entire country—a host of forces tend to draw gun restrictions together with armed enforcement of gun restrictions. More broadly, it isn't unusual for firearm controls to be packaged with other law-and-order measures, both inside and outside America's schools.

That's the dynamic at play in Gov. Scott's office right now. And if the Democrats run the table in November, take both houses of Congress, and decide to push for stricter gun laws than Florida's Republican governor is willing to endorse, the same dynamic will probably be at work in any Schumer-Trump compromise we see. It's not like Chuck Schumer is a civil libertarian, after all. And Trump's positions on gun control are opportunistic and have long been prone to changing. He's already backing a bump stock ban, "comprehensive background checks" (whatever he might mean by that), and raising the age at which a civilian can buy a semi-automatic rifle. Don't be surprised if someday he goes further.

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  • loveconstitution1789||

    I can't wait for more private schools where they have armed staff and don't treat their school like fortresses but places for kids to learn as much as they can.

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    So start one.

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    It will be grand and full of tools like buck, Tony, and Citizen.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    Among lefties.

  • silver.||

    You take that back! Citizen is not a tool, he's just an asshole.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Seriously.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I think he's just afraid to show he cares. X has been hurt before. This is also why he uses the Crusty account to voice ideas he is too afraid of.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    BUCS really gets me, and i'm not sure how to feel about that.

  • silver.||

    BUCS shares the soul of every self-loathing libertarian.

    OT: Has this handle always had a #6 next to it? I've never noticed.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The Russians have captured and jailed the other five Citizen X serial killers.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    ...among lefties.

    The #6 commemorates my place on Mike Hihn's Big Honkin' List of Hit'n'Run Fascists, released last spring/summer.

  • silver.||

    "The #6 commemorates my place on Mike Hihn's Big Honkin' List of Hit'n'Run Fascists, released last spring/summer."

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  • loveconstitution1789||

    Among fascists.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Among Nanarchists.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    And if the Democrats run the table in November, take both houses of Congress, and decide to push for stricter gun controls

    Let's hope so.

    The Democrats must do three main things to guarantee a #BlueWave.

    (A) Have all their candidates run on common sense gun safety, including — but not limited to — banning deadly assault weapons.

    (B) Explain how Russia's attack on our democracy is comparable to the 9 / 11 attacks, and emphasize their willingness to impeach Drumpf when Mueller delivers the #TrumpRussia bombshell we all know is coming.

    (C) Advocate lowering the voting age to 16.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Your comment has everything but the label SARC.

  • Longtobefree||

    If you can't tell, it doesn't matter.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Nothing Trump does will surprise me. He is not left, right, moderate, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian,,,,just Trump.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    There have been plenty of schools that have rules against firearms but haven't hired a gun-toting enforcer.

    If you're going to forcibly remove a person's capacity for armed self defense, don't you then have a duty to at least pretend to step into that role yourself?

  • BigChiefWahoo||

    You can justify almost any oppression or regimentation as being for "safety". It's discouraging.

  • silver.||

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Ben Franklin

    Although it's somewhat out of context, just not as much as NPR would like you to think.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Rudy Giuliani cracked down on illegal guns in the 90s. I saw that first hand. It did not bode well for minorities and their neighborhoods.

  • Rebel Scum||

    And if the Democrats run the table in November, take both houses of Congress

    Fat chance. That said, I fully expect the Stupid Party to stupid.

  • Longtobefree||

    Well, Governor, just how many cops need to be crouching out side the school for it to be declared safe?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'll have to talk to my union rep to answer that.

  • Gene Ralno||

    I saw the term "militarized school" but the story line doesn't mention ROTC, JROTC or even military education to any extent. Perhaps the author's use of "militarized school" meant something other than what most think it means.

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