NEA speaks up for the rights of students. Browse recent messages to Congressional leadership, and add your voice.
Students deserve safe communities, schools, and campuses that promote their learning and development.
Children and young people are surrounded by gun violence.
They are coming of age in an era of mass shootings, from grocery stores to Fourth of July parades. Massacres at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Umpqua Community College, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Robb Elementary, and elsewhere have traumatized them, their families, and their 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 about how 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
Letters & Testimony
Submitted on 07/29/2022
Submitted on 07/20/2022
Submitted on 07/13/2022
Bills in Congress
Learn NEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools
Introduced on 07/29/2022
A Bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
Introduced on 07/13/2022
A Bill to create an Active Shooter Alert Communications Network, and for other purposes.
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.
“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.”