Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, yesterday voted in favor of passing H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, a bill that would provide schools and local law enforcement with resources to identify warning signs and prevent people from hurting themselves and others. The bill passed the House with overwhelming support, but does not effectively address many of the core issues facing our nation’s school children when it comes to gun violence.
“While H.R. 4909 is in important step to take to make schools safer, it does nothing to address the gun violence epidemic in our country,” Engel said. “We should not have to prepare teachers and students for an inevitable mass shooting. Instead, we should make it impossible for shooters to access these weapons in the first place. We need legislation that expands background checks, raises the age limit to purchase guns, adopts extreme risk protection orders, restores funding for gun violence research, and bans assault weapons and high capacity magazines. These are the steps Congress must consider to prevent mass gun violence, not asinine things like arming teachers.
“Yesterday I joined hundreds of young people outside the Capitol demanding Congress act. As lawmakers, it is our duty to heed their demands and work together to end gun violence. It would be disgraceful if Congress were to pass this bill and fail to act on any further, meaningful reform.”
Please note this press release was originally published on March 15, 2018 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.