Press Release

AFT President Calls for Swift Action on Gun Violence Prevention Bills

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Friday, March 15, 2013


Carolyn Fiddler


 Washington—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee's passage of four bills aimed at curbing gun violence, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bill to renew and expand a ban on the type of assault weapons and ammunition clips used in recent mass shootings.
"Three months have passed since 26 innocent children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School were murdered by the types of devices banned by Sen. Feinstein's bill. I congratulate the Judiciary Committee on the passage of this bill and of other gun violence prevention bills that make illegally purchasing firearms for someone else a federal crime, expand the background check system, and establish a Justice Department program that funds school security plans.
"The AFT supports this commonsense legislation and calls on lawmakers to move forward with these measures swiftly. Our collective responsibility to keep our children, our schools and our communities safe demands that the full Senate vote on these bills as soon as possible. The victims of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and the other tragically numerous mass shootings in our nation deserve a full Senate vote on these measures immediately, as well as a legislative package that addresses issues of bullying and mental health and that helps create supportive school environments."

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The AFT represents 1.7 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.