Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) is praising the recent passage of the Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act in the U.S. House, saying the legislation will give parents peace of mind and increase school readiness while respecting Second Amendment rights.
H.R. 4909 provides grant funding for a program that will train students, teachers, school officials and local law enforcement agencies to better identify and act on issues of early signs of violence.
"Parents should always have the peace of mind that their child is in a safe and secure environment," LaMalfa said in a statement. "Schools are often zones targeted by deranged individuals with bad intent. It’s important that our teachers, school administrators and other personnel are equipped with the training and technology to recognize threatening situations and have the ability to respond accordingly."
LaMalfa said he believes the response of local law enforcement and school personnel during the Parkland, Florida shooting shows a great need for training.
"The inaction of sheriff's deputies during the Parkland shooting underlines the need to ensure local law enforcement as well as on campus personnel are trained to rapidly respond to these types of situations," LaMalfa said. "The bill we passed today would increase readiness in schools while respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens."