Florida Governor Rick Scott addressed the senate and house floors on Thursday, but he wasn’t alone. Also by his side was Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty who’s life was taken in the Parkland school shooting. The purpose of the address was to let lawmakers know that this is a time for them to set aside their differences and focus on finding a solution to prevent future shootings from happening. The Governor also took time to double down on his views on a controversial measure that has been floating around as a response to the shooting.
Meeting with Florida legislators today about the importance of keeping our schools safe and taking action now. pic.twitter.com/A8hzC5TTkx
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 1, 2018
“I want to make sure there is law enforcement in our schools,” the Governor explained. “I don’t believe in arming teachers.”
Ryan Petty also shared some words, praising the Governor by saying that he is in “favor of what the governor is proposing.” And, he went on to urge that his “ask of you is: let’s set aside our differences and make sure our schools are safe. With your help, Florida can lead.”
In addition, Petty stated that “If this evolves into a gun control debate we are going to miss our opportunity to get something done. What is different of the governor’s plan is we are focusing on securing our schools and that is what we need to do.”
He ended by saying that “Our message is simple, this time must be different we have an opportunity to get our schools secure. We want to make sure other families don’t go through what our family has gone through. We owe it to our students.”