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Many of today’s youth have grown up in the shadow of mass shootings, including at Columbine High School, Sandy Hook Elementary, and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
Active shooter drills are commonly practiced, starting in elementary school, and can cause a trauma of its own. Educators are increasingly expected to transform from nurturers to first responders at a moment’s notice—having to react and decide the best ways to protect their students based on the circumstances.
Fighting for an End to Gun Violence in our Schools, Communities
Just as students can’t learn if they feel unsafe, they also can’t learn if they are dealing with trauma from incidents that happen outside school grounds or are worried about how to get home safely.
To keep students safe—in our schools and in our communities— we must limit access to guns in the first place by providing universal background checks, banning assault-style weapons, passing red flag laws, and other legislation.
Letters & Testimony
Bills in Congress
Learn NEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools
Introduced on 06/21/2022
Legislation to address gun violence by improving background checks for buyers under 21, creating criminal penalties for straw purchases and gun trafficking, closing the “boyfriend loophole," and improving mental health services for children and families.
Introduced on 06/01/2022
A Bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for an increased age limit on the purchase of certain firearms, prevent gun trafficking, modernize the prohibition on untraceable firearms, encourage the safe storage of firearms, and for other purposes.
Introduced on 04/18/2022
A bill to help prevent mass shootings and provide resources to victims, especially workers, who survive.
“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.”