The American Federation of Teachers isÂ calling on the Senate to pass gun legislationÂ to help make schools and other public places safer. Randi Weingarten, the unionâ€™s president, addressed a letter to Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, the chair and ranking member of theÂ Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, urging them to hold a vote on an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and red flag legislation.
â€ťTragically, too many of our nationâ€™s schools and communities are being terrorized by the effects of gun violence,â€ť Weingarten writes, according to a report inÂ The Hill. â€śWe must work to pursue and implement commonsense solutions to reduce these acts of violence.â€ť
Weingarten describes the laws proposed as having â€śbeen informed by membersâ€™ firsthand experiences in schools and communities touched by gun massacres.â€ť
Itâ€™s significant that the teachers union is focusing this message on the Senate, since itâ€™sÂ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who is standing in the way of gun safety legislationâ€”along with so much else.
This blog was originally published at Daily Kos on August 26, 2019. Reprinted with permission.