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house Bill H.R. 4909

Reauthorizing and Increasing Grants for School Safety Measures

Argument in favor

This is a commonsense, bipartisan bill that’d provide an additional $20 million annually to help schools implement violence prevention programs to keep kids safe.

Karan's Opinion
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03/11/2018
The same politicians who say my kids can’t be protected with guns have their kids in completely safe schools with armed guards. The same goes for celebrities who tell us to exercise gun control while standing in front of their armed security. Protect our kids the same way you would protect banks!
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John.Nutt's Opinion
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03/11/2018
To all those on the left please read all of this before you criticize me. This isn’t a gun issue. Guns have been around in America in the US since the settlers came over and school shootings have only happened in the past 20 years. In the last 50 years the average gun per household has gone down but mass shootings have gone up. 98% of mass shootings happen in gun free zones. Banning guns doesn’t work. Fine ban the AR-15. They guy would have gotten a shotgun or pistol. Fine then ban those. He was looking up videos on how to make a bomb. If guns were banned he would have either gotten an illegal gun or made a bomb or used his car. Murder is illegal and bombs are illegal but he was still planning on using a bomb and he killed people. That proves that laws wouldn’t prevent this. This isn’t even necessarily a mental health issue. It’s a society issue. With the media, video games, social media. It comes down to people being left out and alone. Those are the people who want attention from their peers and are having trouble finding it. More and more people are being left out today because kids aren’t kids anymore. The younger you can become and adult the cooler you are. That leaves the kids who just want to be kids being left out. Then they fall behind socially and the only thing they look for is attention. They get attention through a few ways: body building, wealth, looks, and even the extreme case of killing people. I should know because I was a kid that was left out and lagged behind my peers due to strict parents who didn’t let me see movies or play the games my peers did. So I was left out. Instead of resorting to violence (as I have seen some do) I went the economic rout and started my own company at age 17 and now I don’t care about attention anymore because I took a loot from the outside and saw how stupid all this social stuff was and just focused on me and being happy. Best decision I ever made. Deleted my social media and only hung out with a few close friends who actually liked me for me. It’s not a mental health or a gun issue. It’s a being left out issue. You can see this because then they interviewed the students at the school and asked them about the shooter you would often hear “I would try to avoid him” “he was always weird” “I never talked to him” the shooter had no friends and was avoided. That probably started at a young age and once you fall behind it gets harder and harder to catch up. He wanted to kill people for attention and he was going to do it anyway possible. The only thing that can prevent that at that point is professionally trained armed guards. Every school already has security guards so there isn’t a funding issue. The next step is to arm them or follow Israel’s rules and have some teachers be trained and armed. This both deters shooters and takes them down faster than calling the cops would. The reason you call the police is because they have guns and are trained. The solution to this is to have armed guards and to not leave kids out socially.
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Lee's Opinion
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03/09/2018
Until we have a legislative response regarding background checks for firearms sales and a ban on high-capacity ammo clips, the measure supported by this increase our necessary. Let's not lose sight of the more important steps that need to be taken, though.
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Argument opposed

Reauthorizes and increasing grant funding for school violence prevention programs isn’t enough to end violence at schools, more action than this bill is needed.

I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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03/11/2018
This is another band-aid fix from the out-of-touch with reality a Republicans, who are trying make it appear they are doing something for the people. If you can find the money for increased law enforcement and security and training of each and the purchase of more weaponry to “Protect our children”, why can’t we find the money for education and counseling. If we paid teachers, what they are worth, we would retain more qualified education. If we provided additional training for existing teachers, we would result in better education. If we could teach the kids that when they bully and torment other kids in school, the kids are helping in creating monsters. When teachers, staff and parents allow this to happen, they too are helping in creating a child with issues. I am sure that child does not want to do what he is about to do, but from his eyes, with all of you “against him”, he performs the most vulgar display of anger any person can have. He or she has imploded mentally and it likely is not their fault. It took years to develop that behavior and feelings. Real education has shown to help bring these incidents down. The education system is in failure mode, especially in states like here in Florida, where for decades, the students are one year behind in education, if they relocate to another state. That means a 10th grad student will have to take 10th grade over again in another state, because in Florida, 10th grade is equivalent to 9th grade elsewhere in the Country. I have digressed. Education is a solution to a root cause, not more weapons or soldiers......We are not a police state and shall not become one. Then we are one step closer to “1984”.
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Sync's Opinion
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03/11/2018
We need to stop dancing around the real issue of easy access to guns that are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short period of time. Turning our schools into armed camps creates an environment that harms education. Moreover, additional funding to harden schools seems like a very inefficient use of tax dollars. Use that $20 million dollars to give teachers, most of whom are still receiving recession-era pay that hasn't been adjusted for inflation, raises and pass better gun laws instead. Australia and Britain don't have school shootings–it should be simple to model our laws after theirs!
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Gene's Opinion
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03/11/2018
Put in the wrong hands these fund can be used to arm teachers. There is already funding for enhanced school security. Let’s start needed legislation with banning assault weapons, background checks, the right to remove guns from the irresponsible or deranged. So much we can do!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed March 14th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 407 Yea / 10 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2018

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What is House Bill H.R. 4909?

This bill — the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 — would reauthorize the Secure Our Schools grant program with $50 million annually through fiscal year 2028. The program is currently funded with $30 million annually. Grants could be used for: 1) training law enforcement, school personnel, and students; 2) developing and operating anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence (including hotlines, websites, and mobile apps); 3) security assessments & coordination with local law enforcement; 4) installing & using deterrent measures like metal detectors and locks; 5) other measures that may provide significant improvement in security.

Impact

Students, teachers, schools, and law enforcement that’d utilize the grants; and the Dept. of Justice’s Secure Our Schools program.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4909

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) introduced this bill to boost school efforts to develop violence prevention programs and coordinate with law enforcement to improve school safety:

“As a career police officer and sheriff for 12 years in my hometown of Jacksonville, I know first-hand the importance of communities working together with their law enforcement agencies to keep people safe. This bill invests in early intervention and prevention programs in our local schools, so that our communities and law enforcement can be partners in preventing violent events from happening. We need to give students, teachers, and law enforcement the tools and training they need to identify warning signs and to know who to contact when they see something that is not right.”

This legislation has the support of 71 bipartisan cosponsors, including 47 Republicans and 24 Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Antwaun Jefferson / Public Domain)

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STOP School Violence Act of 2018

Official Title

To reauthorize the grant program for school security in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.

    The same politicians who say my kids can’t be protected with guns have their kids in completely safe schools with armed guards. The same goes for celebrities who tell us to exercise gun control while standing in front of their armed security. Protect our kids the same way you would protect banks!
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    This is another band-aid fix from the out-of-touch with reality a Republicans, who are trying make it appear they are doing something for the people. If you can find the money for increased law enforcement and security and training of each and the purchase of more weaponry to “Protect our children”, why can’t we find the money for education and counseling. If we paid teachers, what they are worth, we would retain more qualified education. If we provided additional training for existing teachers, we would result in better education. If we could teach the kids that when they bully and torment other kids in school, the kids are helping in creating monsters. When teachers, staff and parents allow this to happen, they too are helping in creating a child with issues. I am sure that child does not want to do what he is about to do, but from his eyes, with all of you “against him”, he performs the most vulgar display of anger any person can have. He or she has imploded mentally and it likely is not their fault. It took years to develop that behavior and feelings. Real education has shown to help bring these incidents down. The education system is in failure mode, especially in states like here in Florida, where for decades, the students are one year behind in education, if they relocate to another state. That means a 10th grad student will have to take 10th grade over again in another state, because in Florida, 10th grade is equivalent to 9th grade elsewhere in the Country. I have digressed. Education is a solution to a root cause, not more weapons or soldiers......We are not a police state and shall not become one. Then we are one step closer to “1984”.
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    We need to stop dancing around the real issue of easy access to guns that are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short period of time. Turning our schools into armed camps creates an environment that harms education. Moreover, additional funding to harden schools seems like a very inefficient use of tax dollars. Use that $20 million dollars to give teachers, most of whom are still receiving recession-era pay that hasn't been adjusted for inflation, raises and pass better gun laws instead. Australia and Britain don't have school shootings–it should be simple to model our laws after theirs!
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    Put in the wrong hands these fund can be used to arm teachers. There is already funding for enhanced school security. Let’s start needed legislation with banning assault weapons, background checks, the right to remove guns from the irresponsible or deranged. So much we can do!
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    To all those on the left please read all of this before you criticize me. This isn’t a gun issue. Guns have been around in America in the US since the settlers came over and school shootings have only happened in the past 20 years. In the last 50 years the average gun per household has gone down but mass shootings have gone up. 98% of mass shootings happen in gun free zones. Banning guns doesn’t work. Fine ban the AR-15. They guy would have gotten a shotgun or pistol. Fine then ban those. He was looking up videos on how to make a bomb. If guns were banned he would have either gotten an illegal gun or made a bomb or used his car. Murder is illegal and bombs are illegal but he was still planning on using a bomb and he killed people. That proves that laws wouldn’t prevent this. This isn’t even necessarily a mental health issue. It’s a society issue. With the media, video games, social media. It comes down to people being left out and alone. Those are the people who want attention from their peers and are having trouble finding it. More and more people are being left out today because kids aren’t kids anymore. The younger you can become and adult the cooler you are. That leaves the kids who just want to be kids being left out. Then they fall behind socially and the only thing they look for is attention. They get attention through a few ways: body building, wealth, looks, and even the extreme case of killing people. I should know because I was a kid that was left out and lagged behind my peers due to strict parents who didn’t let me see movies or play the games my peers did. So I was left out. Instead of resorting to violence (as I have seen some do) I went the economic rout and started my own company at age 17 and now I don’t care about attention anymore because I took a loot from the outside and saw how stupid all this social stuff was and just focused on me and being happy. Best decision I ever made. Deleted my social media and only hung out with a few close friends who actually liked me for me. It’s not a mental health or a gun issue. It’s a being left out issue. You can see this because then they interviewed the students at the school and asked them about the shooter you would often hear “I would try to avoid him” “he was always weird” “I never talked to him” the shooter had no friends and was avoided. That probably started at a young age and once you fall behind it gets harder and harder to catch up. He wanted to kill people for attention and he was going to do it anyway possible. The only thing that can prevent that at that point is professionally trained armed guards. Every school already has security guards so there isn’t a funding issue. The next step is to arm them or follow Israel’s rules and have some teachers be trained and armed. This both deters shooters and takes them down faster than calling the cops would. The reason you call the police is because they have guns and are trained. The solution to this is to have armed guards and to not leave kids out socially.
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    How about banning assault weapons?
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    Until we have a legislative response regarding background checks for firearms sales and a ban on high-capacity ammo clips, the measure supported by this increase our necessary. Let's not lose sight of the more important steps that need to be taken, though.
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    Let’s not pretend we care about school safety until we make common sense gun regulation laws.
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    End Another failed Obama social experience in our schools. This one helped cause 17 to lose their lives. If the Parkland shooter had been treated like the criminal he was, he would never have been able to purchase any gun legally. Although young black men may come from disadvantaged situations—the reason for this policy’s implementation—they must feel the natural consequences of their actions like anyone else should. So the pathway may indeed be a pathway to jail or prison when one assaults a teacher, but that is a choice they make. In this case, the Parkland shooter’s violence was never dealt with criminally as it should have been. End the school leniency policy, or else we may as well start excusing batterers for beating their partners, just because they learned violence at home, or a pedophile because he was a abused as a child. https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/02/28/obama_administration_school_discipline_policy_and_the_parkland_shooting.html
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    I’m sure this will pass since no one wants to go on record as having voted against safer schools. But where is the money for more counselors? Instead of trying to stop the kid walking into school with a gun today, let’s focus on the kid who might walk into school with a gun five years from now. Maybe we can save that kid AND his potential victims.
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    **This is NOT a 2nd Amendment issue, it’s an existing available grant that could increase, if approved. This has nothing to do with gun control.**. There are about 100,000 public school campuses in the US. $50 Million in total grant funds/campuses would go from $300 per school to $500. Just say yes. (10-15 months of Maralago trips would fully fund this.) #NoGunsInSchools
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    Securing our schools is the only thing that will keep children safe. Bans or laws do nothing to stop lunatics. The only thing that will stop them is the deterrent of knowing they will be facing armed resistance & locked doors. Lunatics shoot up schools because it’s a soft target full of defenseless children (a GFZ). Let the states decide how to proceed. The anti-gun morons who decide not to secure the schools, let them stand in front of the parents of dead children and explain why they pursued gun control instead.
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    This bill was created by a Republican ex-cop, and is way too open-ended. Turning schools into prisons is not the answer.
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    No one is protected without weapons this whole “debate” make no sense to me. How is it even debatable. The world will never be gun free, Americans will never be gun free, laws over and over show they only affect people who follow the law.. so again how is anything other then having armed personnel going to solve anything.
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    Actual studies show that having more counseling, more support for children and teachers, more kindness all round, are much more helpful than arming more people. This is a thinly veiled NRA/police state piece of legislation that would allow more armed police-types to assault more children of color. Establishing a police state does nothing to make citizens safer.
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    Yes, many small schools won’t be able to afford security without these funds. Please don’t include this with your desire for stronger gun control. These are different issues.
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    Here's an idea for school safety: instead of spending thirty million on the administration's "my button's bigger than yours" military parade, add the money to school safety efforts like secure entry or fund a universal background check system. If school safety is a priority, this bill is a drop in the bucket of ideas for that effort.
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    It’s time for republicans to u fees tans the world is going to change without them!! Remember you will have 4 million 18 year olds voting this November not including more in our country as well!! They are watching them and all of us and are going to put us all to shame if we don’t get it right and very soon!!
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    I have spent a good deal of time volunteering and working in the schools in your district and I assure you school resources officers are the last thing on most parents mind. Heck, most of the high school students can shoot better than the average resource officer and are fairly knowledgeable about gun safety -classes in that particular area are offered at the local diner. The students need textbooks, technology, and stability in the teaching staff. The students desperately need after school tutoring options, authentic STEM programs, after school enrichment, mental health services, and community services. They need coats and shoes. And a decent school meal program wouldn't hurt.
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    We need to stop dancing around the real issue of easy access to guns that are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short period of time. Turning our schools into armed camps creates an environment that harms education. Moreover, additional funding to harden schools seems like a very inefficient use of tax dollars.
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