Updated: Jun 27
Guns are the leading cause of death for children and teenagers in the United States with more than 19,000 of them shot and killed, or wounded each year. Three million more are exposed to gun violence during the same time period but yet Republicans routinely resist any attempt to control firearms.
On the other hand, there’s not been a single case of a child being killed by a drag show, or by reading certain books that are now being banned, or by participating in sex education in the classroom. The State of Florida is now considering legislation that would make it a crime for a teacher to address any questions related to sexuality before the 6th grade, or to discuss sexual orientation and gender identity all the way through high school.
So let’s say a young 9 year old, 3rd or 4th grade girl goes to the bathroom at school, finds blood in her panties, and hasn’t yet been given the talk by her mom. She takes her teacher aside and tells her what’s happening. That teacher must remain silent for fear of prosecution while the little girl thinks she's bleeding to death.
These are the kinds of things that Republican legislators are focused on in an effort to keep kids “safe”.
In the meantime, it’s now legal to carry a concealed handgun without a license or without any training in Florida.