Press Release

AFT Response to NRA’s Call for More Guns in Schools

For Release: 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

 

AFT's Weingarten: "Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. Anyone who would suggest otherwise doesn't understand that our public schools must first and foremost be places where teachers can safely educate and nurture our students."

WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the NRA's call for armed officers in schools:

"After remaining silent for an entire week following the Newtown massacre, the NRA's first comments were to call for more guns in our schools and our society. This is both irresponsible and dangerous. No matter how much money the NRA spends or propaganda it tries to spread, one thing is clear—the NRA is not serious about confronting the epidemic of gun violence in our nation.
 
"Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. Anyone who would suggest otherwise doesn't understand that our public schools must first and foremost be places where teachers can safely educate and nurture our students."

 

Read more about the AFT's stance on guns in our schools and what we need to do to create safe sanctuaries in our public schools:

http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/2012/122012.cfm
http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/2012/121712.cfm
http://www.facebook.com/notes/aft-american-federation-of-teachers/statement-by-president-weingarten-on-the-tragedy-in-newtown-conn/456823121048817

 

 

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.