Recent school shootings have renewed the debate about guns and school safety. A solution is long overdue, and we owe it to our children to have a constructive, respectful discussion – so that they’re able to learn in a safe environment.
First, let me be clear: I support the Second Amendment and do not want to take guns away from law-abiding citizens who use them for hunting, recreation or protecting their families. I do, however, believe we need to strengthen background checks in order to ensure these weapons are kept out of the hands of people with a history of mental illness, domestic abuse and violence. Finally, I believe that our teachers’ most important responsibility is to educate our children. And while I’m in favor of implementing common sense measures to improve school security, I do not support the arming of teachers.
The time has come to move beyond partisan rhetoric and do what’s right to protect our children and safeguard our communities from gun violence.