My name is Robert Schentrup, and sadly, there’s one reason you’ll recognize that name. I’m a gun violence survivor. During the mass shooting that took place on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, my sister Carmen was murdered. Since then, I’ve traveled the country working to end gun violence with Brady’s youth initiative, Team ENOUGH.
I don’t believe a teacher with a gun could have saved my sister’s life. Research shows adding guns to schools does NOT prevent gun violence. Our legislators are pushing SB 7030 without listening to students, teachers, parents, or survivors. They don’t have a realistic and thought-through plan on how to implement the guardian program, and they don’t even have a way for law enforcement to distinguish between shooter and an armed teacher.
Earlier this week, I joined other Florida students in storming the State Capitol in Tallahassee to protest SB 7030. As a result, the House delayed their vote. But this is just a pause, and the fight’s not over.
We need to keep the pressure on and defeat this dangerous measure. Please send a message to all the state senators who are still debating if they should expand efforts to arm teachers in schools.
We all know adding guns to the classroom isn’t a solution to gun violence. Students like me all over Florida need your immediate action.
Robert Schentrup, Team ENOUGH Executive Council Member