Senate Committee Hears Bills On Safety In Schools
This week the Texas Senate committee on Education heard several bills that deal with gun violence and school safety and we need you to contact committee members to weigh in. We're elevating these bills by way of our friends of Moms Demand Action TX.
SB 243, which relates to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a school marshal.
SB 244, which relates to the number of school marshals that may be appointed to serve on a public school campus or at a private school.
SB 406, which relates to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a school marshal.
SB 811, relating to immunity from liability of a school district or open-enrollment charter school for certain actions of security personnel.
TPAN does not support the expansion of programs that would arm more teachers (or school marshals) in schools. We already know this is current policy in some school districts in Texas, and that this policy might be necessary for their circumstances, but we do not see expansion of a school marshal program as a blanket approach to gun violence prevention that can prove successful and the risks to our schools and our children seem far too great.
Visit our action alert HERE to see the legislation we're supporting this session with regards to gun violence prevention in our schools and ways we can begin to address this public safety issue in meaningful ways. Send a message to your lawmaker regarding these issues today!
ACTION for 3/7/2019:
Send off a message or put in a call to members of the Senate Education Committee as soon as possible and voice opposition for the above listed bills.
SB 243, 244, 406 and 811 do not tackle the very serious matter of public safety with regards to gun violence in the state of Texas! But red flag laws and safe storage legislation DO. (And so many others but this is where we can start.)
Let's focus our efforts on solutions that can have real impact and skip over the move to just take up more arms.