Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

What is in the STOP School Violence Act?

What is in the STOP School Violence Act?

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference after the House passed the STOP School Violence Act on Wednesday. It would also address mental health issues and provide funding to install locks and metal detectors. "But it will help troubled students who need help get help".

"I'm sure there are some members of Congress who are supporting the president's proposal", said Amanda Karhuse, advocacy director for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "We need to identify these troubled youths early and we need to interdict before they turn violent".

While the bill, sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford, R-Jacksonville, had bipartisan support, many Democrats were frustrated that it doesn't include any gun control measures. "But I'm anxious to pass both of them, and pass both of them soon".

A companion measure is now awaiting consideration in the Senate, although it differs in one major respect: unlike the House bill, the Senate version bars any of the funding from being used to arm teachers or provide them with training, a goal of the Trump administration. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been among them, and I commend him for co-sponsoring the STOP School Violence Act introduced by U.S. Sen.

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The White House has signed off on the modifications restricting use of the funds to arm teachers and the language has also been added to a companion Senate bill (S. 2495), according to congressional aides. The other bill would strengthen, but not expand, the federal background check system for gun purchases. The commission will study the age restrictions.

"Why is it that when it comes to gun violence, which is responsible for just as many if not more deaths, we throw up our hands, we pretend there is no solution?"

"President Trump, You have no courage to buck the N.R.A.", Schumer said in a Senate floor speech.

"The testament to their failure is 17 dead children and teachers, 17 more with life altering injuries, a burden we must bear forever", said Ryan Petty, whose daughter, Alaina Petty, was among the slain students. "When a reporter asked what that was, he responded, "When we sit down with them, we will be more than happy to let them know", referring to senators. them we will be more than happy to let them know", referring to senators. They are calling for an expansion of background checks, a ban on "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines, and other measures.

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Students hold up their signs during a rally asking for gun control outside of the U.S. Capitol building, in Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington.

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