TAMPA, Fla. — Two major political conferences are taking place in downtown Tampa this weekend at hotels located across the street from each other.
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- Two major political conferences are taking place in downtown Tampa at hotels across the street from each other
- School safety measures were the focus of a Moms For Liberty panel involving Senator Rick Scott
- School safety was also discussed by Democrats at their Leadership Blue event, which is also happening this weekend.
School safety and security measures were the focus of a Moms For Liberty panel involving Senator Rick Scott.
Brianna Richardson is a mother of two and one of hundreds who traveled to Tampa for the event.
“I could never imagine being in this situation here with these school shootings,” the Suffolk County, NY chapter president said.
This is the first national summit of the conservative parental rights group.
Myosha Powell was there as a guest and says she understood the parents’ concerns better.
“When I become a parent or an aunt, I don’t want to think that my nieces or nephews or potential children would be a bit lonely at a time like this,” Powell said.
The former Florida governor described his experience with four mass shootings, including that of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
“It always drives you crazy,” Scott said. “You are looking at Uvalde now. I am a process person. How do you create processes, ensure that the risk of this happening again is reduced? »
While serving as governor in 2018, Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law. This was the first gun control legislation enacted in the state of Florida that allowed some teachers to be armed.
Scott, who supports the Second Amendment, says there is still room for improvement with the bill. He says he feels the same way about the recent bipartisan gun bill that Congress signed into law last month. During the panel, he said, “It should have been school safety legislation.”
“Young men in this country who are committing these crimes. Something has to change. We can’t go on like this. We know we have a mental health issue,” Scott said.
School safety was also discussed by Democrats at their Leadership Blue event, which is also happening this weekend.
“The best we can do, regardless of whoever is pulling the trigger in a mass shooting, someone who has been disconnected from society, whether through mental illness or various other factors,” Democratic Public Education Caucus of Florida Chairman Scott Hottenstein said. “The best defense against a school shooting is to hire more counselors and have more one-on-one relationships.”
For Richardson, all perspectives on the issue are important, especially those of parents.
“We send our kids, we trust our kids with the school system, so they have to trust us and our contribution,” Richardson added.
People on both sides agree on this: they want to be part of the solution and provide the safest learning environment for their children.