From the desk of...America's not so great gun debate

From the desk of...America's not so great gun debate

From the desk of...America's not so great gun debate

Moab resident Alissa Rubin grew up in a mid-sized suburban town in Florida.

If just one more senator voted no instead of yes Monday evening, the bill would have died.

Rubin grew up in Parkland and graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2011, and now lives in Moab, where she is an intern for a local nonprofit. The most unsafe part of the day is walking to and from school. I struggled to find an example of him reaching out to a school, promoting the field of education or expressing his appreciation for our nation's teachers.

Emma Gonzalez speaking at the Broward County Courthouse rally
Emma Gonzalez speaking at the Broward County Courthouse rally

Guns were "not a thing ..." He did this by saying, "My daddy has a big gun and I'm going to bring it tomorrow and shoot you", regularly reducing that child to tears. After the recent shootings in Florida, a new student-led movement is surging throughout America, where the young people are making their voices heard on social media, using the hashtag #NeverAgain. And many pro-gun rights Republicans didn't like the idea of raising the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and to create a waiting period on sales of the weapons.

Student survivors of the Parkland shooting took to activism quickly after the incident, engaging in actions like preparing for a nationwide protest on March 24, according to CNN. They say nothing will be accomplished by attacking the Second Amendment. "Having the students driving the conversation and keeping it in the spotlight ... and them being so impassioned and articulate about it - it's had an impact that is appreciated". Each year, every school practices at least 10 evacuation drills, two tornado drills, two lockdown drills and one lockout drill.

Logically, the NRA has an interest in preventing murders not only for humanitarian reasons but because of the irrational claims that the NRA is complicit, forcing it to defend itself and the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Adams rejects the idea of gun-free zones. Businesses are limiting gun sales.

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Other teachers listed in the database shot at family members and neighbors during domestic disputes, including a Palatka wrestling coach who still has his teaching license despite shooting at his girlfriend during a violent dispute.

A piece of legislation under consideration in Florida this week has received a lot of attention because of a controversial provision that would allow some teachers to have guns in schools.

While he is skeptical of restrictions on gun ownership, he does believe that in-depth, properly enforced background checks can help prevent mass shootings like the one in Parkland. Only appropriately legal non-military guns with limited amounts of ammunition, kept safely under lock and key, with background checks, registration and liability insurance requirements, similar to auto insurance, should be legal to use for hunting, target practice and individual needs for protection. The intent of the person is what matters.

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None of these actions I suggest will prevent every gun tragedy, but we can not let that be an excuse to do nothing.

An NBC/Survey Monkey poll shows 56% of all Americans were opposed to new rules that would allow guns into the classroom.

And schools have sent letters or emails home to anxious families outlining the security measures established at schools - such as video-intercom systems and doors that lock from the inside - to keep out or slow down intruders.

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In a Facebook post, Grand County School District Superintendent JT Stroder informed parents and the community of safety steps the school has taken in the Grand County School District. "I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill". Students regularly perform emergency drills in school.

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