Letters: Let’s work together to keep children safe

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12:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Opinion

I am totally disheartened and disgusted that this week our Florida House voted down a motion to take up a bill that would ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

We must be able to protect our children and communities from gun violence. This is not about politics nor the Second Amendment — it is about safe schools and communities. As a mother of three school-age children, I believe we must do more to keep our kids and communities safe.

Last month my 10-year-old read the book, “I Am Malala.” She was so moved by the true story of Malala and her fight for education, she actually wrote a letter to the author.

In that letter she wrote: “This book makes me feel so lucky. The fact stands that, I, as a 10-year-old girl, have the right to go to school without being aware of terrorists. Now I don’t mind the extra homework, eating in the lunchroom or the bus ride. Actually, the bus ride is pretty nice since I get to see palm trees, sunshine, sometimes even a turtle…”

Let’s work together and ensure that all our children feel lucky to go to school in our country and that they all come home safely.


Students with guns

must be prosecuted

The shooter in Parkland was expelled for undisclosed reasons. At the same time, the shooting began in Parkland on Feb. 14, the Palm Beach County School Board was holding a closed-door special meeting for expulsions in which two students were expelled for one year for possession of a firearm on school property. In addition, a third student was to be expelled for the same reason but the superintendent withdrew the expulsion from the agenda.

School districts in Florida must each adopt a student code of conduct that includes a notice that possession of a firearm by any student while on school property or in attendance at a school function may result in disciplinary action and criminal prosecution.

PBC chooses to expel rather than prosecute. I doubt most kids who would bring a gun to school will be bothered by being expelled for one year. Why isn’t the possession of a firearm on school property being prosecuted?

Everyone will wonder what happened if one of these kids comes back to school again with a firearm with a different intent.

Maybe the school board will one day explain their reasoning.


Ban on bump stocks

will not be enough

While I do applaud President Trump’s good intentions in ordering the Justice Department to work on banning bump stocks, I consider this, going back to Greek mythology, as a sop to Cerberus — a move to placate or divert attention from the real issue.

In my mind, the real issues are assault rifles and multi-bullet magazines which are a deadly combination and must be barred from civilized society. The NRA supports the ban on bump stocks, but assault rifles and magazines are another story.

We need action to ban these weapons of war. Thanks for trying to do something regarding bump stocks, but it is not enough.


Are anti-abortion

phone calls a ruse?

Suddenly, I am getting phone calls on the rights of the unborn and abortion.

Is this issue being re-raised and funded by the NRA to digress opinions and attitudes from the issues of military weapons sold to 18-year-olds and hunters alike?