Rep. Dennis Baxley, Author of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law, Wants Guns In Schools

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Dennis Baxley
Florida's Stand Your Ground law has been a catastrophe, a Wild West throwback that's let killers justify everything from shooting an unarmed teenager for playing loud music to murdering a pizza store customer for complaining about a slice taking too long. So really, if there's one man we should consult for advice in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, it's the legislator behind Stand Your Ground.

What do you say, Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala? "We need to be more realistic at looking at .. all these gun-free zones," he says, adding that grade schools need more weapons in them. Oh Jesus.

Baxley, who bizarrely works as a funeral director when not crafting laws that help people kill each other within the framework of the justice system, spoke at some length about Sandy Hook to the AP.

He implied that, had the heroic teachers who lost their lives in Connecticut merely been armed with their own assault rifles, killer Adam Lanza might have thought twice about attacking the school.

"In our zealousness to protect people from harm we've created all these gun-free zones and what we've inadvertently done is we've made them a target," he tells the AP. "A helpless target is exactly what a deranged person is looking for where they cannot be stopped."

But wouldn't having guns around just make these kinds of tragedies more likely to occur, Rep. Baxley? Kind of like how Stand Your Ground has led to a phenomenal increase in justified homicide cases in Florida?

"If you prepare ordinary people to take responsibility for stopping violence, they do. Otherwise we're just creating more vulnerability," he tells the wire service. "I know that it's very foreign to people that live in a more left and urbanized culture to see how that works, but in fact it does work."

Ah. Thanks for clearing that up.

Before you pack your bags and move to Minnesota, Baxley does go on to add that he's not personally going to sponsor a bill to remove grade schools from the guns-free list in Florida this year, since it would conflict with his committee chairmanship role.

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Decent_American
Decent_American

Florida, the further north you go, the further south you get

Nicole Cabrera
Nicole Cabrera

The fact that we're even talking about this is proof that we don't live in a civilization anymore.

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

Baxley is not trying to be Rambo here. The intention is to mitigate any loss of life. Why is it so hard to understand the concept of a "fighting chance of survival"?

Creve Coeur
Creve Coeur

When is the last time you heard of a suicide shooter going into a police station where people can actually defend themselves. Your protection is your responsibility. The Supreme Court ruled the police are not required to protect you. And those teachers should of broke out windows windows and evacuated if possible instead of leaving the children as targets.

Jose Antonio Navarro
Jose Antonio Navarro

Even if the principal had a gun, she would have probably gotten 10 bullets in her before she fired the first shot vs an AR15

Norman Finkelstein
Norman Finkelstein

If the principal had been armed, it would have been a very small story.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Your kids ARE surrounded by weapons. We've all been surrounded by weapons our entire lives, and we're not the first generation to do so. Do you honestly think that going back to a time before guns is a step forward? You know, gangs have existed for a long time, some would assert that early gangs became governments. Children are often in the cross hairs; some of our earliest stories involve the slaughter of children (See King Harod). Believing that innocence exists without the shelter of parents and a community is ignorant. It is our responsibility to protect them. Removing that protection from the people we expect to keep our kids safe is not a smart option. That doesn't mean a teacher should hold an arsenal in their class, either. Also, because a teacher carries a gun, or conceals it, doesn't make them an armed security guard. It's that teacher's means of protection from a threat of death.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

“The 'good guy shoots bad guy' scenario is more Hollywood than real life. Recall the recent incident in NYC where well-trained police officers shot 9 bystanders while pursuing a suspect that fired a single shot. Look, Peggy just wants to teach social studies. Don't expect her to be a Navy SEAL. More guns in schools, more guns available in the public realm will lead to more shootings. It's simple math. These Billy the Kid showdown scenarios just show that people watch too much TV.”

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

Getting rid of our 2nd amendment is a lost cause and a lil too late. Weve already been exposed to all this chaos..u really think takin away a GUN will help now? Well fuck around and build nukes in our backyards then....fuckkkkk that

Brad Estrada
Brad Estrada

The fact that guns for teachers on school premises is even an option is ridiculous. People should be allowed to own weapons but not have to take them to certain places. Allowing guns for teachers at school is also a reactive measure, the result of the massacres that have been happening.

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

if we are expecting them to be armed guards we're going to have to double their pay.

mentalgrowth
mentalgrowth

@artistnatedee crazy he wants teachers to carry guns like that's going to solve the issue. I'm 4 armed security & classroom lock downs

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Because getting rid of guns is going to stop crazy and evil people from doing crazy and evil things...sorry, the utopia you live in isn't reality. People will do bad things. Police are reactive; avoid a situation if you can, but if you can't, are you sure you want to give up your best defensive option? I certainly don't. ...and if a teacher is responsible enough to watch our children every day, they certainly should be responsible enough to learn how to safely keep and operate a gun.

Brad Estrada
Brad Estrada

The president and congress are in the public eye constantly, they do not have the approval of all of their constituents and can often be targets for killing by radical groups of people. I do not think that any of the above characteristics apply to any of the children who were murdered. Why is it that we cannot provide the most innocent of all our citizens a safe haven where they can learn, socialize and become adults without being surrounded by weapons?

Rauliux Raulix
Rauliux Raulix

Guy works as a funeral director? Of course he wants more guns and the stand your ground law, that means more clients for him.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Just one more gun to stop the school shooter.

Bill Collins
Bill Collins

The President and Congress have weapons protecting them. Why shouldn't teachers have the same right to protect themselves and our children?

Melikah Jazz
Melikah Jazz

Yeah... Why not? Let's get it over with & finish off the human race with a war zone of ammunitions. :O

Fred Gadson
Fred Gadson

Silly double talk.. If that happens, only more tragedies can and will occur. That is not the solution!

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