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K-12 Public and Private Schools.
Fourth of July Parade.
Lunar New Year Festival.
Country Music Festival.
Military Recruiting Office.
Women’s Health Clinic.
These are the places where Americans have been killed or wounded in mass shootings.
Students deserve safe communities, schools, and campuses that promote their learning and development. But sadly, children and young people are surrounded by gun violence.
According to the Pew Research Center’s recent analysis of federal data, the number of children and teens killed by gunfire in the U.S. increased by 50 percent between 2019 and 2021.
Our students are coming of age in an era of mass shootings in grocery stores, malls, and banks, at Fourth of July parades, concerts, and places of worship—anywhere we gather. Massacres at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Umpqua Community College, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Robb Elementary, the Covenant School, and other schools have traumatized children, their families, and educators.
Students should not have to endure drills on how to hide from mass murderers. Educators should not be forced to act as shields against assault weapons and make impossible choices to try to protect students from the worst horrors imaginable.
97Percent, a bipartisan gun safety organization, unveiled research in October 2022 revealing that 70 percent of gun owners favor laws that would reduce gun injuries and deaths. We must come together to pass commonsense reforms, such as a ban on assault weapons and background checks on gun show sales and transfers.
Fighting for an End to Gun Violence in our Schools, Communities
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Letters & Testimony
NEA Urges YES vote on Preventing Suicide Through Voluntary Firearm Purchase Delay Act, H.R. 8361
Submitted on 12/06/2022
NEA Urges House to vote YES on Assault Weapons Ban HR 1808
Submitted on 07/29/2022
Bills in Congress
Learn NEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools
HR 2869 School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act 2023 www.congress.gov
Introduced on 04/25/2023
To require the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to publish an annual report on indicators of school crime and safety that includes data on school shootings, and for other purposes.
S 494 The Background Check Expansion www.congress.gov
Introduced on 02/16/2023
The Background Check Expansion Act would require a background check for every gun sold and would close dangerous loopholes.
HR 715 Bipartisan Background Checks Act www.congress.gov
Introduced on 02/01/2023
A bill that requires a background check for every gun sold and most transfers.
“We need to have Congress act and take action that means something. To actually ensure that we don’t have to keep reliving these nightmares every couple of weeks.”