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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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bill Progress


  • 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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    There isn't enough money in the budget for school supplies or school lunches. And now we want to arm teachers?
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    $20 Million is a lot to allocate to unspecified violence prevention programs. Wouldn't be against the idea if it was more thought out then it currently is.
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    doesn't do anything about restricting access to guns which are used in mass killings. Also, for those who claim it's a mental health issue - it doesn't do anything do address those problems either.
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    Schools are a state concern, not federal. Abolish the ED and turn it all over to the states.
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    All the money that would be slloted by this bill would undoubtedly be spent on everything but gun control. Gun control. We do not need our teachers to be weaponized. We need gun control.
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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 will cost taxpayers and endanger student lives. Instead Ban AR-15 assault weapons - that doesn’t cost taxpayers anything. Down with the NRA and the legislators who take money from the NRA. I’m boiling mad at your lack of backbone. This is our kids lives at stack. We will remember in November!
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    Extra money for school safety is great, but we all know this isn’t nearly enough. And adding metal detectors, a website to report activity & training teachers isn’t even a half measure. We need to do what most other developed nations have done and put together comprehensive weapons bans (with handguns being the focus followed by assault rifles).
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    Honestly, this bill is not enough. I'm supporting it because it's better than nothing, but Congress should raise the purchase age of guns to 21-years-old, and only allow those with gun licenses and mental-health background checks to be able to buy and own guns. And to you RepubliCONs on the Right, YES, this is a gun issue. Quit putting guns over the lives of our children, you ignoramuses!
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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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    Ban assault rifles!! Also give money prevention, but that cannot be the only answer
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    Stop perpetuating the distraction. The problem isn't lax security. The problem isn't poor training. The problem is we have a culture that thinks guns are problem solving tools. Get military weaponry off the streets. Stop proposing that the problem is everything BUT guns. Securing schools does not make hospitals safe from mass shootings. Securing schools does not make malls safe from mass shootings. Hell, securing schools does not make schools safe from mass shootings. There WAS training in place in Parkland. There WERE good guys with guns in Parkland. None of that stopped 17 people dying in a matter of seconds, BEFORE ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY HAVE ACTED - even if well trained and armed. STOP BEING DISTRACTED AND TACKLE THE PROBLEM OR WE WILL VOTE IN PEOPLE WHO WILL!
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    Two students in my school Lacey High School were escorted out of the school by a police officer for posting a picture of themselves at the shooting range. They also received multiple detentions. I believe this was total unnecessary and the school should use more common sense instead of just resulting to one conclusion. The reason the school did this was because they where considered a threat, and the school had no choice because they dont want to be reliable if anything happens. I believe school should get high funding to modernize the school, but specifically saying we need it for safety is unnecessary because there isn't much you can do about it beside better parenting and a good education.
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    Thousands of children go to school five days a week,180 or more days a year, for12 or more years. They are safe at school until someone shows up with an assault rifle. Put this money towards feeding kids who come to school hungry, teacher pay and updating dilapidated school buildings.
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    Use that money to fund schools better, not weaponize teachers!
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    This is meaningless without ending easy access to military-style weapons that have no place in civilian hands. Stop gun violence by getting rid of the guns.
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    “School safety” is an objective topic but typically a thinly-veiled excuse to police already vulnerable groups. Think about undocumented students who aren’t in sanctuary cities that are already in vulnerable positions and will now be in such close proximity with law enforcement. Or black and brown students who are already criminalized by those around them.
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    This doesn’t address the cause of the problem. I agree that kids should know warning signs and have an anonymous and easily accessible way to report, but I also think that bullying prevention should be a bigger focus and mental health screenings/counseling should be more common practice without the social stigma. Matching educational materials with the level the kid actually displays and creating a positive atmosphere in the school by using reinforcement for appropriate behavior rather than punishing bad behavior will make the school be seen as a “good” place rather than a place the kids dread going to every week. Lots of cheaper, more effective fixes.
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    I hate federal gov’t action where local government ought to be the actor, but in Arlington county, Va, for example, exactly nothing is being done by our 100% democrat county board.
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    This isn’t enough.
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