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BIG: Florida Senate Passes Bill to Allow Teachers to Carry Firearms

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On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the Florida Senate passed Senate Bill 7030 which would allow teachers to carry firearms based on local school board approval.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that SB 7030 requires teachers who want to carry their firearms at school take at least 144 hours of training and pass a psychological exam. The bill passed on mostly partisan lines. Republicans largely voted in favor of the bill, while most Democrats voted nay.

Since the Parkland shooting of 2018, Florida has become a battleground state for gun policy.

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Many students activists such as David Hogg have come out in favor of tougher gun control, while Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has put an emphasis on school safety.

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So far, DeSantis has not made a public statement on SB 7030. However, DeSantis has hinted in the past that he is receptive to allowing trained teachers to carry firearms.

DeSantis told the Pensacola News Journal earlier this year:

In terms of the arming of personnel, what I’ve said is, if you’re somebody who is working at a school and you are somebody who is trained and has the ability to do it, then you shouldn’t be precluded, if you carrying a concealed firearm could potentially deter people from viewing that as a thing.

The Governor also said,  “But what I would not do is say, ‘Oh, Miss Jones, you want to teach English? Well, do you have a Glock?’ No. I mean, we should not force anybody to do that.”

When asked to comment about the passage of SB 7030, Florida Gun Rights Executive Director DJ Parten stated that it was a step in the right direction:

A year after lawmakers passed sweeping gun control in a knee-jerk reaction to Parkland, I’m glad they are finally stepping up to defend our children, and the only way to do that is to end the “gun free” zones that created the situation in the beginning. Overall, Florida Gun Rights’ priority is still repealing the 2018 gun control and passing solid Constitutional Carry legislation, but this bill is a step in the right direction.

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Will Italy Exit the EU Because of its Lackluster Response to the Wuhan Flu?

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Affar Italiani reports that leader of the Italian political party League and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini recently announced a possible withdrawal of Italy from the European Union due to its sluggish response to the Wuhan Virus.

“This is crazy. Europe needs another fifteen days to decide what to do, whether to help, whom and how. In the midst of an emergency when people die, now from pneumonia, tomorrow, possibly from poverty,”  the politician stated

Salvini cited Italy’s confrontation with the EU over aid to fight against the Wuhan virus and the refusal of Germany and other Northern European countries to help Italy as reasons for the southern European country leaving the EU and the eurozone.

“This is a den of snakes and jackals. First we defeat the virus, then remember Europe. And, if necessary, we say goodbye. Without even thanking,” the former Minister of Internal Affairs asserted.

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The EU used to serve a purpose as a common market for European members states and a cohesive political unit the prevented fratricidal wars between European states.

It could also serve as a civilizational defense bloc against the potential hordes of African and Islamic migrants that will continue coming into the region thanks to its lax border policies and the demographic realities in these regions — booming populations which many of these Third World countries cannot accommodate.

Salvini has every reason to be concerned.

If the EU cannot fulfill the most basic of government functions — protecting its members — Italy should leave and craft its own strategic regional bloc with countries that are serious about protecting their national sovereignty.

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