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Students stage walkouts in protest against gun violence
School walkouts mark a month since the mass shootings at the Parkland high school. Phil Keating reports from the Parkland, Florida.
The house will hold a final vote Wednesday on a bill to prevent gun violence in schools, with Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled chamber of an expression of optimism about the bipartisan measure, but clearly, you have to impose no plans to use any weapon bans.
“We believe the best way is to stop people that should not all of the weapons from the first weapons in the first place,” speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on Capitol Hill, while the students in the whole County of your class is drained to protest spaces gun violence.
The National School walkout lasted 17 minutes, one for each person killed, exactly a month ago in a massacre of a Parkland, Florida, high school.
Ryan has also argued that the Parliament already adopted a law to help the local police and other information in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that flags potentially dangerous gun buyers.
He and other Washington Republicans have also argued that since the massacre, that a large focus should be on the prosecution is time-barred, it is allowed to happen, and to prevent something similar in the future.
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The GOP-controlled Senate is now considering a version of the so-called “NIC Fix”.
The house votes Wednesday on the STOP violence in schools Act, which, if passed, provide $ 50 million annually to help States, the training of the students, teachers, and law enforcement authorities for the prevention of violence and suicide in the school.
The programme would be students, school staff and the local police to train, how to recognize warning signs and intervene to prevent the violence, and suicide. It would also help to develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of violence in schools.
“I used to say, my community and my officers, which I do not want to be the best first responder to a mass causualty event. I would like to prevent that the event occurs before it. And that’s what (said in this statement),” Florida Rep. John Rutherford, a former sheriff, the Sponsor of the bill, on Wednesday.
“This bill gives students, teachers (and others), to prevent the tools to recognize the early warning signs of violence, even from the entrance to our school grounds,” Rutherford added, while the recognition of the measure is just “another step” in the direction of curbing violence in schools.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the law has a “wide, bipartisan” support.
The bill has more than 75 co-sponsors, including Florida, democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, whose district, the Florida school shooting. He told NPR on Wednesday that the bill address all of the problems. “The fact is, we know the kinds of steps that must be taken in order to do that,” he said.