On Wednesday, students from the Washington, D.C. rallied outside the Capitol. This protest coincided with hundreds of students across the country walking out of class to protest FOR stricture gun laws.
“In the wake of the Parkland attack, this committee has an obligation to find out what happened,” responded Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. “We must hold the government to account for its failures, and make sure plans are in place to avoid future tragedies. And we must rally around consensus, evidence-based solutions that will protect our nation’s most valuable resource — its youth — from violent attacks.”
Speaking on Wednesday, as the protesters marched, Democratic Rep. Jerrod Nadler spoke, “Today, young people are taking a stand and calling on this Congress to do something about the scourge of gun violence. … This bill fails to do so,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler (Democratic – New York) stating his opinion. “It cannot be our only response to these demands.”
Republicans have concentrated their responses on increasing school safety and on investigating the systematic failure and corruption of the Florida police department which led to the botched response, and failure to heed the warnings.
President Donald Trump is calling for a bill that would provide a more comprehensive gun background check, and reform the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
“We believe that the best focus can be on stopping people who should not get guns from getting any kind of gun, period,” said Speaker Paul Ryan. “We sent legislation to the Senate in December. Hopefully, the Senate can act on that legislation. In the meantime, we believe that we can make great progress on the STOP School Violence Act, which we’re passing today.”
The bill passed easily, by a margin of 407-10.
The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act will be offering $50 million per year towards a state grant program. This program will train law enforcement, teachers, and students on how to recognize and report any possible signs and signals of gun violence.