Sending Office: Honorable Jahana Hayes
Sent By:
Madeline.Daly@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsors: Bobby Scott, Jerry Nadler, Rosa DeLauro, Ted Deutch

Dear Colleague,

On December 14, 2012, I joined the rest of the nation, and the citizens of Connecticut, in mourning the tragic loss experienced at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

In the weeks after the shooting, I was horrified to hear the National Rifle Association (NRA) and some pundits argue that in order to keep students safe and prevent another tragedy, we just have to arm teachers and weaponize our schools. Right after Sandy
Hook, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre made his infamous assertion that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This same radical rhetoric emerged again last year after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,
Florida.

Since her Senate confirmation hearing, Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that schools should be able to arm teachers “if they choose to use the tool.” In December 2018, President Trump’s Federal Commission on School Safety, formed after
the Parkland massacre, released a report that recommended that school systems consider arming personnel.

Putting guns in the hands of teachers and school staff is an idea clearly crafted by someone who hasn’t spent a lifetime in the classroom. As a high school history teacher, I know just how dangerous it would be to add the responsibility of carrying and securing
a firearm on top of our already demanding jobs. It is a terrifying thought to have to make the decision to use a gun in a classroom. It is even more terrifying to think of being tasked with the enormous responsibility of securing a firearm in a school and
ensuring kids are not tempted to find or experiment with the weapon.

As the wife of a police officer, I also know just how dangerous it would be for a first responder to have to differentiate between “good guys with guns” and the “bad guys with guns” when responding to an active shooter situation at a school.

Public education dollars – which are already scarce – should never be siphoned away from students towards arming teachers. The
Keeping Guns Out of Classrooms Resolution makes it plain and simple: no federal funds shall be used to train or arm school personnel with firearms. Senator Murphy will be leading introduction of the resolution on the Senate side. I’m proud that other
members of the Connecticut delegation, including Representative DeLauro and Senator Blumenthal, are also original cosponsors.

The Keeping Guns Out of Classrooms Resolution is gaining support amongst advocates – over 18 gun violence prevention and education advocacy organizations have endorsed this legislation, sending a clear signal that this Administration’s dangerous
attacks on the safety of teachers and students cannot be tolerated.

I’m proud to introduce this important resolution with my colleagues, and fight back against deeply misguided schemes to address school shootings and gun violence that will only further undermine school safety.

To cosponsor this resolution, please contact Madeline Daly (Madeline.Daly@mail.house.gov).

Sincerely,

JAHANA HAYES

Member of Congress

Supporting Organizations:

  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • Giffords
  • Brady Campaign
  • Everytown For Gun Safety
  • Newtown Action Alliance
  • National Association School Psychologist (NASP)
  • American Federation of School Administrators
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 
  • American School Counselor Association
  • SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators
  • National Association of College Admissions Counseling 
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • Council of Administrators of Special Education 
  • Futures without Violence 
  • States United to Prevent Gun Violence

 

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