Senator Rick Scott asked Congress to reallocate funding intended for the Internal Revenue Service through the Inflation Reduction Act and make it available to schools to hire armed officers across the country.
In the wake of the school shooting in Nashville, Scott suggested taking the $80 billion in funding the IRS is receiving to hire 87, 000 agents over the next 10 years and hiring armed guards for schools, akin to his plan when he was the governor of Florida, according to Fox News.
“The tragedy in Nashville made clear that more must be done to keep our schools safe,” Scott said.
“Washington spends money on all sorts of wasteful ideas, and the massive expansion of the IRS is a prime example of that,” he explained.
Scott’s program came after the Parkland shooting in Florida that left 17 dead, enacting stricter gun control measures and expanding firearm access to teachers and school staff, allowing for training of armed security at public schools.
“Following the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I fought hard as governor to make sure there were more armed officers in our schools,” Scott said in a statement announcing new legislation.
“Today, every public school in Florida has an armed police officer, sheriff’s deputy, or an individual who has completed the rigorous training provided through our Guardian Program,” he added.
The senator’s new bill will allow grant money to both private and religious schools, along with public schools. Previous legislation such as the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act allowed some funding to be used to hire officers for schools, but at not private schools like the Covenant School, where the Nashville shooting took place.
“I cannot stress enough that this funding should be available to ALL schools. After our Jewish Days Schools in Florida were facing an influx of threats, we also specifically allocated funding to increase security at these schools,” Scott said.
“Our religious schools need to be protected, and that is why my legislation will make sure it allows all schools to use these dollars,” the former governor stressed.
The Republican recently suggested an “automatic death penalty for school shooters,” remarking on Twitter that life in prison is not enough for “deranged monsters.”
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