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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
  • The senate has not voted
      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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    Stop 2018 🇺🇸 School Violence - NOW!!! I’d readily offer my support to H.R. 4909: STOP School Violence Act of 2018 — Which 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. This is a commonsense, bipartisan bill that’d provide an additional $20 million annually to help schools implement violence prevention programs to keep our children 👶 safe. 3*11*18.
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    While it is temping to argue that this would be better then nothing, i am thinking "would it be better then nothing?" This is more of our tax dollars on a Band Aid over the real issues that have created this problem. We already have metal detectors and armed security at many of the schools. It seems like legislators are still making an end run around people who want to address the harder questions about gun control.
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    This compromise does not address the real issue but allows Congress to appear to be involved. While additional monies for safety in the classroom is a worthwhile effort, those monies could be earmarked for gun purchase and training for educators, which only places students in even more dangerous. Get guns off campuses, initiate gun reform, and pay our educators in line with what sports figures earn. We seem to value them more than educators and students..
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    Just a band aid “fix” when it won’t a do thing solve the gun violence problem.
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    Increase funding to the Dept of Ed’s yearly budget and revamp the quality of our public education! Work out existing loopholes that will translate into a safer country for all—legislate to reduce the high rates of violence and deaths caused by firearms every year. Congress has it in its power, and it is THEIR DUTY to do this. Anything less is Congress’ negligence, and an irresponsible submission to the demands of a bullying interest group guided by power and paranoia. Are we the world’s most “civilized”, or do we stand still in the Wild-Wild-West? We can’t claim both.
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    This is NOT enough. Sure they give us $20.00 while the NRA is giving them $100.00. We need the NRA and other BIG money out of politics. We want STRONGER gun regulations. This is a tiny step to solving this problem and this administration wants it to seem like a giant leap.
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    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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    The problem isn’t just in our schools, it’s also at concerts, and nightclubs and the common denominator is guns. If less people owned guns, then we wouldn’t need to spend millions setting up metal detectors at every school.
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    I desperately want to see an answer to all gun violence, but especially the mass murder of our children. But, while I suppose I appreciate the effort and the additional financial resources I cannot support this bill. As best I can understand it from the information provided here I find this bill to be shallow and misguided. The bill fails to address the deep seated societal issues but instead flippantly offers up more of the same tired old answers of more guns and turning schools into prisons. Skipped over and ignored are the practical common sense measures most Americans support such as universal background checks and a ban on AR-15s and similar assault riffles. I also find it concerning that this bill is likely to put even more money in the pockets of the same greedy gun industry who is at the root of the problem and for whom the domestic terrorist NRA is the advocate and mouthpiece and to whom too many of our legislators have sworn unquestioning allegiance. This is not the answer we are looking for. This is not the answer we need and deserve. Congress needs to come up with something much better than this bill. Our children are dying because of gun violence and we will no longer be placated with superficial half-a** responses by a weak Congress who then wants to turn around and celebrate themselves for doing damned near nothing. Do better. We want meaningful, effective solutions. We’re done with depthless, hollow subterfuge.
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    This has nothing to do w “assault weapons” as many of you are demanding be banned. Every gun does three things. Works fails and rusts. No gun is evil or violent. People are!
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    The safety and security of our children and our schools should be of the highest priority. We should not spare any expense to ensure the safety of our children. Our children should not have to be afraid for their life to go to school. We have an obligation to protect our children and create a safe environment for them at school. As a parent I am afraid for the safety of my child each and everyday she is at school. As leaders that we have elected we expect you take this issue very serious and make the necessary changes to protect our schools and keep our children safe.
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    We need to protect our children!
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    Its never enough. The Gov’t needs more, the schools need more, always more! When will we wake up and act on the real problem not just all these symptoms....gun violence, drug addictions, pregnant teens, fatherless families, etc. Until we fix the spiritual problem, nothing will change. If schools teach evolution, secular humanism, and truth is relative, this is why crime and societal problem increases. We kicked God out of school, and we wonder why we have so much trouble !?!? Restore our Judean-Christian roots to our society and many of these problems will be solved. We wouldn’t even need so much Gov’t.
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    Also get rid of this violent racist evil president and republicans who are poor role models for our kids .
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    Guns have been around for hundreds of years. I believe that the problems we face on this issue, are socially and culturally based. Will throwing more money at these problems really help to solve these issues? I think not.
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    I understand the desire to appear interested in keeping our schools safe especially in light of the strong student movement started after Parkland. Making our children attend schools locked down like prisons is not a answer. How many of you attended a PUBLIC school (elementary, secondary, university) with armed guards (or worse, teachers), metal detectors, locked doors (which I believe are probably against every fire code in the country) and 'active shooter' drills? Is that an environment you would have wanted? Is it one you would want for your children? Why is it you can't address the ROOT CAUSE of the school safety issue we have had in this country since the mid 1990s - LAX, INEFFECTIVE GUN LAWS? Treating symptoms does not cure the underlying illness. Would you take an aspirin for cancer? Do the right thing and give our kids the safety they deserve and fix our gun violence problem without treating our schools like prisons and our students like inmates.
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    They are already prison camps. Get rid of the bad kids, allow discipline in schools, stop teaching entitlement
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    That’s only going to come out to about $500 per school. How do they think that’s going to do anything to help safety except to buy guns for teachers, which teachers, for the most part if they have good judgement, don’t want anything to do with guns. Doing what’s right, going against the NRA and going back to the gun rules before W Bush and the Republicans let the military type weapons ban lapse is what is needed.
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    So 50 million a year to cover research, training, paying salaries for security guards, buying equipment- that comes out to 1 million per state if once again we ignore the territories. A million per year to cover immense spending for every public school district in a state. And this is the same government who not only fail to provide books and educational materials but who also now want to cut the tax write offs for teachers who have to buy the classroom books and materials themselves. Let’s see REAL reform- raise the age limit to 21, ban bump stocks, military style weapons, multiple round ammunition clips and other devastating, destructive weapons. I’m sick of hearing that guns don’t kill people. The fact is that maniacs with guns kill people. A maniac with a knife can’t kill 50 people in one sweeping trigger pull.
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    This is a red herring to distract from the real issue of gun violence, and the need to address the loopholes in our gun laws. Teachers are struggling to make ends meet, and the solution to school shootings is to take money away from them for raises, and give it to security officers? Because doing that would be easier than requiring multiple stricter background checks and psychological evaluations, increased waiting times, age restrictions, banning assault rifles, and requiring anyone who has purchased a firearm to go to training for how to use it? C’mon y’all! Stand up to the NRA, and stand up for the next generation.
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