GOP’s News Plan After Tragic School Shooting

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( – This week House Republicans are going to be pushing three different proposals which would simplify the process to train and arm school staff so that they can defend themselves against school shooters. These proposals come only weeks after a deadly school shooting took place in Nashville, Tennessee which resulted in the deaths of three adults and three 9 -year-old children. Republicans are arguing that if teachers were able to defend themselves this would not be happening.

The Covent School, a private Christian school, had a shooter enter its premises on March 27. Following the attack, the Democrats have been widely pushing for more gun control. On the other hand, Republican lawmakers have maintained that additional firearms would make schools safer as they would deter shooters from trying to shoot those schools.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., noted this week that “Gun-free zones are ineffective” He further added that gun-free zones would only make schools more dangerous. He added that “since 1950, 94 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in places where citizens are banned from having guns,” including “Banks, churches, sports stadiums, and many of my colleagues in Congress are protected with firearms.” He added that despite this they have not provided protection for children.

Massie along with more than 20 other House Republicans introduced the Safe Students Act on Thursday. If this bill passes then the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 would be completely repealed, which would allow states to make their own decisions for their firearm rules.

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