1000’s of scholars walked out of sophistication on Wednesday to demand motion from Congress on college security and gun management. The #Sufficient National School Walkout commemorated the one-month anniversary of the taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty that left 17 useless, and it was simply the primary of several planned marches and walkouts.
On that very same day, the U.S. Home of Representatives handed the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 in a bipartisan vote of 407 to 10. Solely 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans voted in opposition to the invoice. It was the primary college safety-focused measure to move within the Home because the taking pictures.
The invoice has been launched within the Senate, the place it has bipartisan assist.
What’s within the STOP Faculty Violence Act?
The invoice, which was launched by Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.) a number of weeks earlier than the taking pictures in Parkland, Florida, has 94 bipartisan co-sponsors within the Home, together with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), whose district consists of Parkland. The invoice reauthorizes a Justice Department program centered on stopping college threats. It offers $50 million per 12 months to:
- Create and function an”nameless reporting techniques for threats of college violence, together with cellular phone purposes, hotlines, and web web sites”
- Implement enhancements to highschool safety infrastructure.
- Develop pupil, instructor and regulation enforcement coaching to forestall violence.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty pupil Kyle Kashuv, who calls himself a conservative, supported the Senate model of the invoice in a tweet.
What isn’t within the STOP Faculty Violence Act?
Absent from the STOP Faculty Violence Act is any point out of gun management — regardless of pupil protests for gun management legal guidelines and high levels of public support — or weapons in any respect. On the request of Democratic lawmakers, a provision was added to the invoice stopping the funds from getting used to arm academics.
And whereas there’s bipartisan assist for the college security provisions on this invoice, some Democrats criticized the dearth of gun management measures.
“It needs to be unacceptable to all of us that we should take steps to coach employees and college students to guard themselves in opposition to some of these incidents, as a substitute of spending more cash on really educating our younger individuals,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who voted in opposition to the invoice, stated in a press release. “This invoice doesn’t embrace any provisions to strengthen our gun legal guidelines or to assist preserve weapons out of the palms of those that shouldn’t possess them. Proof and expertise inform us that we should set up common background checks as a substitute of the flawed system we now have.”
What’s the standing of gun management in Congress?
Gun management payments have been launched in each chambers, however they’ve remained stalled.
President Donald Trump has proven assist for a “Repair NICS” (the Nationwide Instantaneous Felony Background Verify System) invoice proposed by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) that will fix holes in the background check system.
“I’m extraordinarily excited by seeing Senator Cornyn’s Repair NICS invoice handed and a major college security invoice handed,” Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell stated on Tuesday, according to CNN. “One of the simplest ways to get that carried out remains to be underneath dialogue. However I’m anxious to move each of them, and move each of them quickly.”
Although there’s bipartisan assist and cosponsorship for this invoice, Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated it could be an “abject failure” if that was the one gun management measure handed after the Parkland tragedy.