WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 13: Seven thousand pairs of shoes, representing the children killed by gun violence since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, are spread out on the lawn on the east side of the U.S. Capitol March 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Organized by the online activist group Avaaz, the shoes are intended to urge Congress to pass gun-reform legislation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Action #1 – “YES” on HR 4909/S. 2495 STOP School Violence Act.
On Wednesday 3/14 (tomorrow), the House will be considering this bill.
Sandy Hook Promise is supporting the STOP School Violence Act, HR 4909 and S 2495, to create new federal funding that will bring efforts like their Know the Signs programs to schools across the country to teach students and adults know how to spot and report warning signs of gun violence before a tragedy occurs.
What is the STOP School Violence Act? (from Sandyhookpromise)
The STOP School Violence Act will give states the funding they need to bring life-saving violence prevention programs to schools. It will help train millions more students, teachers, and adults to prevent violence and suicide in our schools BEFORE it happens. The STOP School Violence Act invests $50 million in federal funding each year to:
- Train school personnel, local law enforcement, and students- to identify warning signs and intervene to stop interpersonal violence and suicide
- Develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, in coordination with local law enforcement
- Train and operate school threat assessment & intervention teams, to preemptively triage threats before tragedy hits
- Enable better coordination between schools and local law enforcement
(IndivisibleVentura) In truth, having Orrin Hatch introduce this bill at a press briefing with Kyle Kashuv, one of the only Stoneman Douglas students who has become a pro-gun-rights activist standing behind him, gives us pause. However, the issue of arming teachers is not mentioned, so we’re taking the Sandy Hook Promise people at their word. This is truly the least our government can do for our schools.
More script if you want it: …because too few of our schools and law enforcement have access to evidence-based strategies to prevent youth violence.
Reading on this bill:
House to vote on Trump-supported School Safety Bill (npr)
NAESP Statement of support for STOP School Violence Act (NAESP)
“Shooter at MSD worst kept secret in Parkland”: Victim’s father at STOP School Violence Act news conference. (miami.cbslocal.com)
Action #2 – “YES” on S.2135 – Fix NICS
How is your senator voting? Click here to find out.
How do gun violence restraining orders really work? Read more here.
Action #3 – “YES” on H.R. 3464 – “Background Check Completion Act of 2017”
After the mass shooting in Charleston, we learned that the killer was able to buy his gun without passing a background check, because licensed dealers can choose to sell firearms after three days if their check hasn’t cleared yet. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) has introduced legislation (H.R. 3464) to close the Charleston loophole, and on February 27th filed a discharge petition to force a vote on it. Check if your representative is a supporter here.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to support HR 3464
Contact your Legislator
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Which one is yours?: www.phoneyourrep.com
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Rep./Senator Contacts: www.phoneyourrep.com
How to buy a gun in 15 countries (NYTimes)