By Victor Ochieng
Gun violence and mass shootings are eating the American society. Every time a mass shooting occurs, leaders come out to talk tough before settling down in their comfort zones without doing a thing about it.
Following the latest Florida mass shooting, the Florida House chose to do something to help curb such incidences. The House passed a bill that requires public schools to put up signs that read: “In God We Trust.”
Before the bill was passed, Jacksonville State Rep Apostle Kimberly Daniels shared a word with the house. She said God is the “light” and “our schools need light in them like never before.” She agreed that the troubling gun issues need to be addressed, but pointed out that the “real thing that needs to be addressed are issues of the heart.”
The House passed the bill in a unanimous decision with the focus of bringing light to the schools. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High mass shooting was a traumatizing experience to the school body, and it’s what has seen students of the school pitch tent in the nation’s Capitol to lobby for gun control measures.
Should the bill (HB 839) be enacted, it would require that all public schools put up a sign that reads, “In God We Trust” and that the sign be positioned in a “conspicuous place.”
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat, who runs her own gospel ministry, said the state badly needed the legislation, given the saddening things happening in the state.
“He is not a Republican or a Democrat. He is not black or white,” Daniels said. “He is the light, and our schools need light in them like never before.”
She spoke to the issue of the mass shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas and said it’s no longer a secret that Florida has serious gun issues that needed to be addressed.
“But the real thing that needs to be addressed are issues of the heart,” Daniels said.
She also specifically spoke about video games, saying these things train children to become virtual assassins. Daniels said things might be getting terribly bad, saying at one point people will get to realize that problems are way larger than politics.
“We cannot put God in a closet when the issues we face are bigger than us,” she said, urging colleagues to support the bill.
The bill sailed through (97-10), with the passing of it earning a standing ovation. The state has yet to take action on a companion bill.