House lawmakers tackle gun violence by passing bill that doesn't address guns

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They passed the most tepid, stingy and toothless school safety bill called the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Act, or STOP. Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, Fred Upton-R-St. When first approved, the bill got 30 votes in the Senate.

The legislation does not address numerous gun control initiatives backed by students, teachers and families of shooting victims at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This protest coincided with hundreds of students across the country walking out of class to protest FOR stricture gun laws. "But it will help troubled students who need help get help".

On Wednesday, students from the Washington, D.C. rallied outside the Capitol.

"This Congress can not continue to do nothing, because nothing means more lives are lost, including the youngest and the most vulnerable among us", said Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary panel. "I commend Rep. Deutch, along with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, for working with us to make schools more secure, and I look forward to seeing the Senate join us in the effort to protect our kids".

Upton, who represents Kalamazoo and other areas of Southwest Michigan, said in a statement that he's spoken with students, parents and teachers throughout his district and considers Wednesday's vote in the House as a common-sense step towards change. Chris Jusuf said in an online statement.

Grassley talked about the potential for bipartisan legislation to improve the firearms background check system, as well as new regulations on so-called bump stocks.

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It was unclear when the Senate would take up the Bill, which needs Senate approval to become law. The two men have also teamed up on legislation that would encourage states to adopt so-called red flag laws, which would give law enforcement the authority to seize guns from people who pose a threat to themselves or others.

Over Twitter, where he frequently shares his thoughts and feelings, the president posted several messages Wednesday morning on unrelated issues.

"Because President Trump and others in his Administration have indicated that they believe arming teachers is part of the solution to this problem, it was important to my colleagues and me that we be assured that this program, at least, will not be used for such a objective which would actually endanger students, not make them safer", Nadler said.

The White House says President Donald Trump strongly supports a school safety bill that would help school officials and law enforcement identify and prevent violence in schools.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., who represents Newtown where the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre took place on December 14, 2012, said the legislation "will not save every life threatened by school violence, but it will save some".

Messer said the school's physical infrastructure, coordination with law enforcement, and school safety training for students, teachers and faculty can be used as a model for other schools across the nation.

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