In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, lawmakers are working together to introduce bipartisan legislation to tackle the issue of gun violence. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) have introduced the “Fix NICS Act,” and Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have proposed legislation to strengthen background checks, as well. Now, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and 19 others are introducing a bipartisan bill that focuses specifically on school safety.
The purpose of the legislation is to increase funding for schools so they can implement programs to catch potential violent behavior before it escalates. Here’s more from USA Today:
The legislation funds school security improvements and invests in early intervention and prevention programs aimed at stopping school violence. But it does nothing to expand background checks or curb access to weapons — gun-control measures Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have called for in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 of their classmates and staff.
The bill authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to:
• Train students, school personnel and law enforcement to identify signs of violence.
• Improve school security infrastructure.
• Develop and operate school threat assessments and crisis intervention teams.
• Enable better coordination between schools and local law enforcement.
Though the bill does have bipartisan support and its co-sponsors think it is a step in the right direction, some senators are still saying school security is not doing enough. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) stated that universal background checks and other gun restrictions must be the next areas of focus.
Besides the group of senators, the bill has the backing of Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that formed after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.
Frankly, there’s no reason for the legislation not to pass, as everyone seems to agree it should become law.
A survivor of the Parkland shooting, Kyle Kashuv, is taking action on his own to improve the safety of schools. In an exclusive interview with Townhall‘s Guy Benson, Kashuv explains how he is currently developing an app called “School Guardians.” The goal of the app is “to provide emotional support — not official counselors, but emotional support — from volunteers to assist children in need.”
The School Guardians website focuses on the main issues behind gun violence: Supporting student mental health, ensuring no student is left behind, and hardening America’s schools.
To “harden America’s schools,” Kashuv offers an approach that differs from most of his peers:
If state and federal laws permit, veterans, off-duty law enforcement officers, and concealed-carry permit parents, who are fully vetted and able-bodied, will be able to Harden America’s Schools by offering protection at the school entrance and around campus.
A good guy or gal with a gun saves the day every single day in America. We just don’t hear about it from the mainstream media. America’s children deserve the same protection enjoyed by government buildings, banks, and jewelry stores.
Kashuv’s website is expecting an update on Thursday, where people will be able to fill out applications to join his effort.