This blog has moved.

Please visit our new page here

« Frederica Wilson endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate | Main | Courted by progressives, Alan Grayson still hasn't decided on Senate run »

PolitiFact Florida: Have schoolchildren died in fires?

via @AmySherman1

State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, a sponsor of a bill to allow K-12 employees to carry concealed firearms, said the measure makes a lot of sense considering school shootings of recent years. Here's what he said during a Florida House judiciary committee hearing April 2:

"Right now our schools are required to do two or three fire drills a year. You know how many children in the history of the United States have died in a fire? Zero. You know how many have died because of a school shooting? Quite a few, but the state doesn't require them to do any type of training."

Actually, Steube is wrong that no children have died in fires in the United States; some have. He said he meant to add the important qualifier "in Florida." Read our full report.