The recent scourge of senseless and violent shootings in our children’s schools and communities, not only in Florida but around the country, is a horror beyond imagining. It leaves us hollow inside as we question how safe we really are in our community and our governmental institutions’ ability to protect our children from harm. As parents and responsible citizens we must do everything in our power to stop these ruthless, yet preventable acts of violence. That is why I am a strong supporter of the Legislature’s strong bipartisan passage of the ‘Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act’.
This new law establishes the awarding of grants through the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund for student crime watch programs, as well as the establishment of the Office of Safe Schools within the Department of Education. The law also prohibits a person who has been declared mentally incompetent and/or has been institutionalized for mental defect from owning or possessing a firearm of any kind. Furthermore, it prohibits a young person of a certain age from purchasing a firearm, as well as prohibiting specified acts relating to the sale and possession of bump-fire stocks. Additionally the law creates the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission within the Department of Law Enforcement, among other optional but strong measures totaling $400 Million.
Although this new law goes far in addressing this crisis, these violent events are occurring too often and we have to examine the road our culture is taking. We must all take a good look at ourselves and reject our desensitized culture of death and embrace a culture that affirms and embraces life.