In the wake of December’s tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, school safety has become a hot-button issue. Last week, the White House released President Obama’s $150 million proposal, which aims to help the nation avert gun violence and improve school safety. The proposal states, “While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.”
The plan’s four-pronged approach includes: closing background check loopholes for those seeking to buy guns; eliminating military-style assault weapons; making schools safer; and increasing access to mental health services.
In order to make schools safer, the plan calls for increased security and “more nurturing school climates that help prevent school violence. Each school is different and should have the flexibility to address its most pressing needs.” You can read the full proposal here.
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