Press Release

AFT President Lauds Continued Congressional Emphasis on Gun Violence Prevention Measures

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Thursday, February 7, 2013


Carolyn Fiddler
202/393-6355; 202/556-1693 cell

Washington—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on the policy principles developed by the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. 

"The gun violence prevention proposals announced today by the House Democratic leadership are an important step forward in keeping our kids safe and ensuring our schools and communities are secure places for our children to learn and grow. The AFT supports commonsense measures like universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines. 

"We are also pleased that these task force proposals highlight the need for increased access to mental health services, and we appreciate the balanced approach toward providing the resources needed to ensure our nation's schools are safe, secure and nurturing learning environments. 

"These policy principles reflect some of the gun violence prevention legislation that has already been introduced. Reducing gun violence and making our schools and communities safe must be priorities in the 113th Congress."

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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.