March 12, 2018
The White House has unveiled gun and school safety proposals that include arming teachers but backtrack on president Donald Trump’s previous calls to raise the minimum age to purchase certain firearms to 21.
The Trump administration’s proposals vow to provide ‘rigorous firearms training’ to ‘specially qualified’ teachers on a voluntary basis. This includes assistance from the Department of Justice which will offer firearm training to school staff through their local agencies.
Sunday night’s announcements also included news that the president is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety that will be headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The commission will largely focus on mental health and strengthening school security, but will also explore other solutions such as raising the age requirements for gun purchases, according to the White House.
Today’s announcements did not say when the commission’s findings will be released, but an official said it would be within a year.
This article was posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8:22 am