It’s National Safe Schools Week. Take action on gun safety!

Oct. 17-23 is National Safe Schools Week. The House has passed two bills that would help make our schools safer, but the Senate has not acted on either of them. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act (S. 529/H.R. 8) would require a background check for every gun sold and most transfers, while the Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 1446) would extend the initial background review period from three to 10 days. Firearms are the leading cause of death for African American children, and the second leading cause of death for all American children. This year alone, there have been more than 100 incidents of gunfire on school grounds resulting in 21 deaths and 56 injuries, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.

Urge your senators to support common-sense gun reforms.

25 responses to “It’s National Safe Schools Week. Take action on gun safety!

    1. Please know that the majority of weapons of all types are dealt on the street, in the home and across borders with no problems at all for suppliers or users. The Sandy Hook elementary killings came from a gun ownership by the shooter’s mother. Columbine shooters got their guns easily, too. Every school shooting has one thing in common, ease of getting a weapon and using it. Parkland and all survivors of killings came forward demanding tougher “laws” to prevent availability of gaining weapons. Are killings and maimings still happening across all educational grades? Yes. Americans have been marching and protesting for years to have concrete ways of safety for everyone, regardless of age, race, political and economic status. Time to change tactics. The power of the NRA needs to work for all, not just their members and congressional supporters. Your vote is your voice. Use it.

  1. Too many lunatics own guns. Background checks can prevent deaths from mass murders by keeping guns out of nuts’ hands. Anyone who buys a gun legally and turns it over to someone who failed a background check, must be jailed. Gun shop owners must be held liable for selling to background check failures.

  2. Enough is enough – tired of shootings – How about those poor kids as Sandy Hook? Some redemption for them? May the kids from Stoneman Douglas? How about redemption for the Columbine kids? And there are so many many many many others who deserve redemption. No one (including you and your family) is guaranteed safety until we have stricter gun laws!! Don’t be the douches’ you normally are.


  4. Let’s see, background checks out the wazoo, onerous fees and paperwork to allow for what is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment. But vote any old way you wish with no background check, no ID? Perfect

    1. Your rationale would support not putting murderers in jail as murders still go on. Also, why have any preventative laws like against driving drunk? If all the gun restrictions prevent one death it is worth it. It cube a child’s life.

    2. Well, considering a gun can kill people and a vote can’t, I’d say it makes sense to regulate guns more strictly than votes. Even a right guaranteed by the constitution needs to be regulated- for example, the first amendment protects free speech, but free speech doesn’t include harassment, slander, libel, lying under oath, or yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Even the most passionate free speech advocate would not support classifying those things as protected speech, because they place people in danger. The right to bear arms is similar- we have to ensure that it’s done in a safe manner.

    3. Hey MarineBob,
      Children’s lives are at stake here. Why are you against protecting the lives of children in the United States? Didn’t you serve to do just that? And by the way, thank you for your service. Don’t our children and young people have a right to exist, to live their life? Don’t they have a right to grow up?

      R’s are all such hypocrites! The R’s want the Supreme Court to knock down the Roe v. Wade decision. So R’s are for the rights of the unborn but not of the born?? That makes no sense. What happened to all your “family values?”

      There are a lot of unstable people in our country who believe they have rights to maim and kill others – AND THEY HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE. That’s not part of the 2nd amendment. We all have the right to live and not have our lives shattered by evil acts of others.


    4. “Let’s see, background checks for anyone who’s a felon or has seriously threatened another human being & is under legal restraining order. Check. Reasonable licensing fees, like you have a fee for a hunting or driver’s license, with corresponding paperwork. Check. Oh, and how about required liability insurance, since around 500 gun deaths annually are “accidental,” and that doesn’t account for guns not owned by, but available to, suicides, which represent around 60% of gun deaths.

      And 2nd amendment? I don’t know of too many gun owners (myself included) who are in a “well-regulated militia.” And I definitely am not referring to some of the extremist self-titled militias around.

    5. THANK YOU, MarineBob.

      Do we blame pencils for spelling errors? Do we ban “High Capacity” cutlery (gravy ladles, serving spoons) during an obesity epidemic?

      BLAME THE DIRTBAG, not the weapon he chose.

      PUT CRIMINALS IN PRISON, and don’t let them out early. EXPEL violent students, Student-on-student violence along with student-on-teacher violence needs to be handled by the JUSTICE SYSTEM, and NOT kept “In-house” by the school district where they’ve been covering up, and looking “the other way” for two hundred years.

      DEPORT ALL CROSS-BORDER INVADERS. The fact that they’re here is absolute proof that they don’t respect our laws.

  5. As a constituent, I urge you to support the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (S. 529/H.R. 8), which requires a background check for every gun sold and most transfers, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 1446), which extends the initial background check review period from 3 to 10 days.

    Firearms are the leading cause of death for African American children, and the second leading cause of death for all American children.

    Everytown for Gun Safety identified 549 incidents of gunfire on school grounds between 2013 and 2019.

    The U.S. government’s K-12 school shooting database shows a record number of incidents of gun violence in the last 3 years—the most since 1970, which is as far back as the data goes.

    Please support this important legislation.

      1. No more guns! Protect our students and people. Punish people that sell guns that are involved in shootings as well as the perpetrator.

      2. Now is the time to take action we don’t need to continue to see what we have seen in our schools these past two weeks continue. We must make our schools safe again for all our students, teachers, support staff and personnel. Common sense must prevail!!!

  6. I cannot imagine the state of mind that both teachers, students and other staff have before entering school, while there or upon leaving the school setting. Things must change now. Our children cannot be held responsible for their inability to show excellence and do well on standaradized tests with the atmosphere they have to endure on a Monday through Friday basis.
    Gun control must occur now and it can start with background checks.
    Our children have suffered enough.

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