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National PTA Praises Administration’s Gun Violence Prevention Agenda

National PTA® President Betsy Landers issued the following statement today, maintaining the organization’s position on gun-free schools:

(January 16, 2013) National PTA applauds President Barack Obama and Vice President   Joe Biden for the robust plan they put forth today addressing gun violence   prevention.  For decades, National PTA has called on parents, educators,   community members, and government to prioritize this issue to ensure a safe   learning environment for all students.

National PTA agrees with the Administration in that we need to   offer safety training and comprehensive mental health services as well as to   implement:

  • Universal background checks for the sale and possession of firearms;
  • A ban on non-sporting ammunition in high-capacity  magazines; and
  • The reenactment and expansion of an effective federal  ban on the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons.

As the President conveyed in his remarks, our number one task,   as a nation, is to protect our children. To achieve this, National PTA   believes schools also must be completely gun-free.  The Administration’s recommendation to expand the school resource officer program therefore comes   as a disappointment.

Despite this, National PTA praises the Administration’s swift   action and looks forward to the implementation of these new proposals and   executive actions as well as additional bipartisan legislative   solutions

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