The Democratic Majority Leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), blocked a bipartisan legislation concerning school safety as well as criticized the GOP for their lack of effort to prevent gun violence in schools. The bill was introduced by the Republicans, however a majority of democrats were also supporting it.
On Tuesday, a horrific school shooting incident occurred in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead at the hands of a mentally disturbed gunman, who was only 18 years old. Following the deadly incident, Democrats are now crying out for gun control laws and blaming Republicans for what happened.
However, on Wednesday, when the GOP Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) put forward a school safety bill, Schumer decided to block it.
Schumer tweeted that Johnson had introduced a bill which would have led to more guns in schools, so he blocked the bill. Schumer insisted that better solutions were needed as he argued that the police officers were present at the school in Texas, but even they couldn’t prevent the gunman.
Schumer referred to reports that documented a gunfight between a police officer and the gunman at the Robb Elementary School and the officer was unsuccessful in stopping the assailant from entering and wiping out a 4th-grade class.
However, Fox News reported that the school security officer and three other local police officers got injured during the shooting, before a Border Patrol officer took down the assailant.
The bill that Johnson was looking to introduce would not have brought more guns to school, contrary to what Schumer claimed. Instead, Johnson was seeking unanimous consent which would help pass the Luke and Alex School Safety Act.
The Luke and Alex School Safety Act was named in the honor of Luke Hoyer and Alex Schacter, two victims of a 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
If passed, the legislation would make the Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety codified into the law, to prevent such instances from happening in the future. This clearinghouse provides suggestions and information to teachers, parents and anyone in a position to help, mitigate and control emergency situations in schools.
Presently, the clearinghouse is available at SchoolSafety.gov, a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security in collaboration with the Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services.
Johnson believes that this bipartisan bill could help save many lives by addressing the current school gun violence issues. He added that setting up the clearinghouse was a great initiative by the previous administration.
He claimed that the bill would codify the clearinghouse, so that the federal government becomes responsible for operating it and ensuring that the clearinghouse keeps on providing the best practices regarding school safety.