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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today criticized members of the Alabama House Public Safety Committee for advancing HB 435, which would allow guns in schools. HB 435 would authorize teachers or school administrators to carry guns on school property if they meet certain qualifications.
The dangers of allowing guns in schools are well documented, which is why teachers and law enforcement largely oppose this dangerous policy. More information about the risk of allowing civilians to carry guns in schools is available here.
STATEMENT FROM ANNE LEADER, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE ALABAMA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Following the tragic school shooting in Florida, Alabamians have implored our elected officials to focus their attention on policies that would actually save lives. Instead, they’ve voted to advance a dangerous bill that would allow guns in our kids’ schools. This is a reckless and short-sighted choice. For the safety of our children, we urge all members of the House of Representatives to oppose this bill.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs