Florida’s Push to “Arm Teachers”, Explained

Now that the Florida Legislature has opened their 2019 session, a lot of political debates are coming to a head. Of the most divisive policies the legislators will be voting on, one – if passed – would allow teachers to be armed on campus under certain circumstances. Many columnists in Florida have lamented this policy with headlines like “Oh, Florida! Give all those bad teachers … Continue reading Florida’s Push to “Arm Teachers”, Explained

Crime Reporters Face a New Norm in Florida

  This past Wednesday afternoon, a young man walked into a Duval county SunTrust and killed everyone inside; four tellers and one customer. The Sun Sentinel called it a mass shooting and while law enforcement agencies have their own definitions of a mass shooting, the massacre is certainly like a mass shooting in this sense: the SunTrust shooter was not trying to rob the bank. … Continue reading Crime Reporters Face a New Norm in Florida

Inside the Commission Investigating the Parkland Shooting

Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School Public Safety Commission sat in the BT&T center in mid-November. Their purpose was to examine what went wrong in the Valentine‚Äôs Day massacre which left 17 people dead inside a Parkland high school early this year and present their findings in a report in January. Some of its members are law enforcement officials from other counties. … Continue reading Inside the Commission Investigating the Parkland Shooting

Florida Politicians Clash Over Who Will Issue Gun Permits

In most states, Law Enforcement oversees the issuing of concealed weapons permits but not so in Florida. In 2002, the Division of Licensing was moved from the Florida Department of State to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). This happened in part because the National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbied for the change in order to keep the program under the oversight of an … Continue reading Florida Politicians Clash Over Who Will Issue Gun Permits