The Tallahassee Democrat has chosen to paint the debate over school safety as a partisan fight and to ignore reports that Parkland parents are actually supporting the bill before the Florida Legislature.
A screen capture of the Tallahassee Democrat website shows their focus on the GOP. The headline this morning proclaims ” GOP rolls Democrats on guns in schools.”
However, this headline comes after a Politico report by Marc Caputo last night revealed the “families of the 17 people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are calling on Florida House lawmakers to pass a gun and school safety bill amid opposition from Democrats as well as the National Rifle Association.”
Also, according to Politico, state Sen. Lauren Book, a Democrat, said that, in light of the parents’ letter, “I urge my colleagues in the House to help get this legislation across the finish line. We can continue to work on this — it’s the beginning of this conversation, not the end. But we cannot let session end without making this incremental change. The time is now.”
The Tallahassee Democrat’s focus on the GOP was also inplay earlier yesterday. The Tallahassee Democrat described Senator Bill Montford’s vote – a Democrat – for the safety plan as a vote “with Senate GOP” instead of a vote for the $400 million in security and mental health resources in the bill.
In fact, the Tallahassee Democrat reporter James Call labeled the bill a “pistol-packing teacher proposal..”
Montford’s vote created a buzz when Tallahassee’s Mayor and candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum, was quick to tell local media about his disappointment with Montford’s decision.
When will the Tallahassee Democrat inform its readers about the support of the school safety plan by the Parkland families?