Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
SCHOOL SHOOTING SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS ACT
Supporting Organizations: Everytown for Gun Safety, Council of Great City Schools, National Education Association, American Federal of Teachers,
Newtown Action Alliance
Cosponsors: McBath*, Hayes*, Trone, DeSaulnier, Sablan, Takano, Sewell, Morelle, Frederica Wilson, Suozzi, Trahan, Danny Davis, Norton
The increasing volume of incidents of gun violence in our schools is alarming and Congress must act to ensure the safety of our children in their classrooms.
We are introducing the School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act (H.R. 4301), which will lay the groundwork necessary to provide uniform data to the American people who grapple with the recurring horror of school shootings as well as policymakers
who are responsible for addressing this problem. While thoughts and prayers may help cope with the grief suffered by victims’ families, data-driven policy solutions are needed to help prevent these crimes.
Our bill creates a definition for “school shooting,” currently absent in federal law. We have seen that the total number of “school shootings” reported in the media or discussed in our communities differs depending on the methodology used to define a “school
shooting.” With one standard definition, we avoid subjective reporting of the circumstances surrounding these incidents and provide a means by which we can measure the impact of policy solutions we implement at the state and federal level.
The bill also directs the Department of Education, in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, to annually report on indicators of school safety for each school shooting that occurs as defined by the new definition.
This includes (1) statistics on school shootings, such as the number of shootings, number of people killed, demographics of shooters and victims, the motivation of shooters, types of firearms and ammunition used, how the firearm was acquired, and more;
and (2) safety and prevention, such as building designs, and communication and response plans.
Classrooms should be a safe place where parents can have peace of mind and children are free to learn. In that same spirit, this legislation will help us learn why and how these acts of violence are committed and empower us to make informed decisions on
how to best prevent them.
If you would like to be added as a cosponsor or have any additional questions please contact Patrick Koetzle with Rep. Gabbard (firstname.lastname@example.org), Allison Blankenship with Rep. McBath (email@example.com),
or Alex Ginis with Rep. Hayes (Alex.Ginis@mail.house.gov).
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