In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Governor McDonnell said that the solution to gun-violence in schools may be to arm teachers and principals. Not surprisingly, Wayne Lapierre (NRA) actually defended and advanced this position despite public outrage and disbelief.
Bringing more guns into our schools is not the solution. Schools should be a sanctuary for learning, not a barracks.
The tragic shootings at Newtown have served as a wake up call for our nation and Commonwealth: we must work towards a future where there are fewer assault weapons in the hands of the wrong people. In the wake of the tragedy a national bipartisan consensus has coalesced around the need for stricter gun control laws. Isn’t it well past the time for the debate to focus on keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill?
Unfortunately the Governor’s comments are indicative of the thinking of the NRA and many members of the General Assembly. As the new session starts in January, you can be sure that gun rights advocates will attempt to further weaken our Commonwealth's tattered gun-control system. Just last year the General Assembly repealed the “One-Gun-A-Month-Law”, making it legal for individuals to buy as many guns as they would like.
When the General Assembly begins its session on January 9, I will lead the fight for common-sense gun laws. Together we must ensure that our nation never again witnesses a tragedy like Newtown. I know we can do better for our children, for society overall.