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REALITY CHECK: Donald Trump and Mike Pence Believe More Guns Equals More Safety


WASHINGTON - October 04, 2016 -

“The threat of gun violence in our schools is real, but Donald Trump and Mike Pence don’t care. Pence is in the pocket of the NRA and even signed a bill into law that limits lawsuits against gun ammunition producers and sellers. Trump meanwhile want to eliminate gun-free zones, which would bring more weapons into our classrooms. As someone who works in a school, their plan is terrifying We need commonsense gun policies to keep guns out of our classrooms. Hillary has a strong record of advocating to reduce gun violence, she is the only person I trust to make our classrooms safer.” – Dave Doering, High School Educator, Bayfield, WI

THE FACTS:

  • Hillary Clinton has said, “I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets.” Hillary has a record of combatting school violence in common-sense ways even since she convened the White House Summit on School Violence after the Columbine tragedy. www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/gun-violence-prevention/
  • Donald Trump’s position on guns in schools has wavered, but the one consistent part is his plans would make schools less safe. As Hillary pointed out, Trump wants to “mandate that every school in America allow guns in classrooms.” www.cnn.com/2016/05/23/politics/donald-trump-guns/
  • As Indiana governor Mike Pence proved he was in the pocket of the gun lobby time and again. After controversially recruiting the NRA to train the Indiana National Guard on concealed carry, Pence then signed into law a bill that limits lawsuits against gun and ammunition producers and sellers. The law was called “an unprecedented violation of the separation of powers” by the state’s former attorney general.
    http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/05/08/bills-gov-pence-signed-law/26977175/

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