Politics

Mike Fasano: Put Law Enforcement in Elementary Schools

By: Jim Turner | Posted: December 22, 2012 3:55 AM

Mike Fasano

Rep. Mike Fasano

With thoughts on the week-old massive school killing in Connecticut, State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has asked Gov. Rick Scott to include law enforcement officers in elementary schools in his budget for next year.

“While this no doubt will be an expensive proposition, no price tag can be placed on the lives of the precious children our public schools are entrusted with each and every day of the school year,” Fasano wrote the governor on Friday.

Fasano’s call comes as the National Rifle Association held a media event on Friday in Washington, D.C., in which CEO Wayne LaPierre made a similar plea to include armed security in all schools nationwide.  

School Resource Officer
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.

LaPierre’s comments came as a push has grown for tighter restrictions on guns or at least a national discussion about weapons and the treatment of the mentally ill.

LaPierre supported the idea of a national database for the mentally ill, while defiantly casting the blame for such incidents as the Newtown shooting on violent video games and movies, the media and gun-free zones in schools.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, described the NRA’s press conference as “appalling in its insensitivity to Newtown parents and families and every parent in America clutching our hearts the past week.”

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, appearing on MSNBC, said that “as a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA -- even though I’m not a member of the NRA -- I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that our country now is talking about arming our teachers and our principals in classrooms.”

Fasano in his letter to Scott noted that the presence of resource officers has shown positive results in middle and high schools.

“School resource officers are trained to understand the unique needs of children, in addition to their roles as enforcement officers,” Fasano wrote.

“SROs have proven time and again more than able to not only maintain a safe school environment, they often are able to see and help address needs that students may have both in and out of school.”

Fasano's comments are somewhat supported by a report from the National Center for Educational Statistics, which found that school violence peaked in 1993, when there were 13 "serious violent crimes" per 1,000 students at primary and secondary schools, with the number dropping to four per 1,000 by 2010.

Scott, who will release his budget proposals before regular legislative session begins in March, has told Newsmax he may be open to the suggestion by state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, to end the state ban on guns in schools.

Scott, a gun rights supporter, has directed Florida’s public schools to review their decade-old emergency procedures and further devise means to make campuses safer.


Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.


Comments (6)

konzekvensen
7:46AM DEC 24TH 2012
I believe that the freedom, and the fundamental right to self-defense, to hold one weapon is a great achievement in the U.S..
This right should not be restricted, but must even be increased.

Obviously, if the teacher had also weaapons in the Newtonian school, would not help, because she would have been first killed by killer. The eventuel policeman too..

Therefore "The Only Thing That stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." thought to be expanded to: "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun are more good guys with guns."

In this spirit, the children should be armed to!

Of course, this can not be done without legislation, after all, we are not in the Wild West.

Therefore, strict gun control is needed, as next:
Children under eight years can only receive revolvers.
Eight to ten years of age has been associated with single-shot rifles.
Ten and twelve year old children can get repeating rifle.
In the sense of strict legal, only childrens above twelve years, may hold Kalashnikovs.

I'm sure that we can fully counting on Mr. LaPierre, that our children do not suffer the lack of weapons.

God bless Mr. Lapierre, savior of American children!

konzekvensen from Hungary

p.s.
You have deleted my post. If my english is to wrong, or you don't sensed sarcasm in my post against Mr. LaPierre's theory...
If yout delete tis post to, don'worry, I will not bother you more...
konzekvensen
6:48AM DEC 24TH 2012
I believe that the freedom, and the fundamental right to self-defense, to hold one weapon is a great achievement in the U.S..
This right should not be restricted, but must even be increased.

Obviously, if the teacher had also weaapons in the Newtonian school, would not help, because she would have been first killed by killer. The eventuel policeman too..

Therefore "The Only Thing That stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." thought to be expanded to: "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun are more good guys with guns."

In this spirit, the children should be armed to!

Of course, this can not be done without legislation, after all, we are not in the Wild West.

Therefore, strict gun control is needed, as next:
Children under eight years can only receive revolvers.
Eight to ten years of age has been associated with single-shot rifles.
Ten and twelve year old children can get repeating rifle.
In the sense of strict legal, only childrens above twelve years, may hold Kalashnikovs.

I'm sure that we can fully counting on Mr. LaPierre, that our children do not suffer the lack of weapons.

God bless Mr. Lapierre, savior of American children!

konzekvensen from Hungary
Kym Elder
4:54PM DEC 22ND 2012
Giving more people guns? Why don't we just arm children too? Let's give adults two or three guns while you're at it... How about a missile or two located in the center of the cafeteria to make everyone feel really safe?

What is so terrible about reducing violence by treating mental illness early on, giving everyone access to health care (so people can have access to medication and counseling), removing the appeal of violence in the media (including violent video games), accepting that the Constitution did not intend for common citizens to have attack weapons designed for a well-trained and highly self-disciplined military (even this is hit and miss...)?

What about making our educational system focus on children's mental and spiritual well-being (I don't mean prayer or religion here) instead of simply preparing them to be part of a work force that can beat everyone else in the world?

Hmmm... No, let's do the guns thing. There is no possibility of altering our consciousness or moral fiber... That would actually take thinking and changing ourselves to the core of our humanity. Wonder what Jesus might think about that?
Mike
3:44PM DEC 22ND 2012
BS. Just let well trained teachers that pass expert training courses carry and conceal. This isnt rocket science. Some uniformed officer is going to be the first one shot anyway if an attacker is trying to do mass killings.

It feels like 9-11 again. The government is about to respond the same way, wasting billions just to say we did something, then not solve the problem once again.

All we got after 9-11 were less liberties, domestic spying and wiretaps and 30 minute lines at airports as trained retards called TSA look at scanners, harass us about belts, hairgel and mouthwash and bodysearch 82 year old women.

Jesus. Just deputize people and let them carry in a school people.
Frank
7:21PM DEC 22ND 2012
Don't know many teachers, do you. . . . . with few exceptions, like rural Texas that I once lived in, few teachers will be willing to conceal carry, especially in elementary schools . . . . . (and we haven't even gotten to whether you're willing to PAY for this "new" duty, as well as cover their increased life insurance costs, their hazardous duty retirement pay, etc., etc., or just expect them to do this all on their own) . . . and we don't need a bunch of Zimmerman want-to-bes patrolling our children's hallways like the NRA has proposed to help established. . . . . your gut reacting naive "solution" is just . . . .

Pathetic and dangerous. . . .to our children . . . .
Frank
1:25PM DEC 22ND 2012
Probably a minimum of $12 million (and perhaps higher) to cover all elementary schools in Palm Beach County alone with just ONE armed security officer at each school.

But remember, at Columbine, two armed law enforcement officers were on campus at the time . . . . . yet 15 died and 23 were wounded (and these were high schoolers who had a greater ability to run, hide and survive being shot) . . . . . . so this can't be the sole solution . . . . or even the main solution . . . . a much greater, more comprehensive strategy including actual gun control of at least WMKs (Weapons of Mass Killing) is clearly needed . . . . . . and after yesterday, it appears my old, once beloved organization (the NRA) is well on its way towards political irrelevancy . . . . . .

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