Press Release

AFT President Calls for Swift Passage of Assault Weapons Ban

For Release: 

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Scott Stephens


WASHINGTON, D.C.— American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on the introduction of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.

 "The gun used to murder 26 innocent children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School fired six bullets every second. That weapon, its high-capacity magazine, and weapons like them are designed for maximum carnage, not for hunting and sport.

 "The commonsense legislation introduced today by Sen. Feinstein will help keep our communities safe from gun violence, and we urge its immediate passage. A majority of Americans agree that these weapons and their large-capacity magazines have no place in a civilized society. More than 900 people have been murdered by guns since the tragic events in Newtown, Conn. We must act immediately to reduce gun violence and make our schools and communities safe."



Read more about the AFT's efforts to reduce gun violence and keep our communities and schools safe.

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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.