Below the Radar: The School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- There are many ways legislation can affect our Second Amendment rights. Some of the effects are very direct – bans on modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms being one of the most prominent proposals out there. But others will not directly touch on gun laws at all.

One of the latter bills is HR 3665, the School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019, introduced by Representative Roger Williams (R-TX). This bill doesn’t change gun laws one way or another, but Second Amendment supporters should not just follow the progress of this bill but support its passage, even though the lead co-sponsor has a poor track record on Second Amendment rights.

According to a release by Representative Williams’s office, the legislation provides grants for schools to conduct safety assessments and to address vulnerabilities found by those assessments. In addition, the legislation also requires the installation of a silent “panic alarm” that would alert the closest law enforcement agency to the school when activated.

“The time has come to provide schools with the funds and resources necessary to conduct vulnerability assessments and correct security shortfalls on their campuses. Texas leads the country in conducting safety assessments, and the federal government must take the initiative to provide grants, where eligible to ensure that a security weakness is properly addressed,” Williams said in the release.

The legislation hardly mentions firearms and makes no changes to current gun laws. However, the improvements in school security will indirectly help efforts to protect our Second Amendment rights. Why? Because improved security for schools lessens the likelihood of school shootings and also makes them less likely to have high casualty counts.

The fact of the matter is that in the immediate aftermath of a school shooting, particularly one that is a mass shooting with a high casualty count, there is a huge push by the media and anti-Second Amendment extremists for legislation to infringe on Second Amendment rights. Just take a look at history.

In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a number of states passed onerous bans on modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms. A reinstated federal ban didn’t happen because of a Senate filibuster led by Senator Ted Cruz.

After the Parkland shooting, Andrew Cuomo began his abusive campaign against the National Rifle Association. That legal battle continues, with the NRA recently filing an amended complaint against the state of New York-based on new evidence. That shooting also saw an avalanche of corporate gun control.

The school shootings that don’t happen will never be used to attack our rights. Therefore, even though this legislation doesn’t directly change any gun laws, its passage will help protect the Second Amendment. Second Amendment supporters should contact their Representative and Senators and urge them to support passage of HR 3665, the School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019.



 

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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Tionico
Tionico
7 months ago

Harold, on WHAT basis can you justify such FEdGov soending on an issue in which they have NO authority? you said ” grants for schools to conduct safety assessments and to address vulnerabilities found by those assessments. In addition, the legislation also requires the installation of a silent “panic alarm” that would alert the closest law enforcement agency to the school when activated.” then yuo cite Sandy Hook and Parkland. Sandy Hook had locked outer doors, manned entry desk, and other such physical obstacles. These were easily overcome by a mad determined attacker. What Scammy Crooks did NOT have was… Read more »

Lee R 22
Lee R 22
7 months ago

The LESS government involvement in our daily lives, the better. Any time I read about politicians trying to “save the day,” i .e . force the majority of us to do what a squealing wheel minority want to do, I cringe. Name one program in the last generation that HELPED the intended recipient. I’ll bet you the siphoning off of funds and BS hoops you have to jump through to get the “benefit” are all designed to give a politicans diatant relative a shadow job for life, NOT to help you. Run don’t walk away NOW.

StWayne
StWayne
7 months ago

All you need in order to make schools safer is bigger and more robust trigger locks! Then you go after mags that hold a hundred million rounds. Then you make them look less scary because that, in-of-itself, will kill much less than the 1.5 million people reported by Sleepy Joe since 2007, than a scary looking gun. Failing this, you bring into question their mental health because everyone knows that gun owners are simply bat-shit crazy people! Then you release the prisons of their populations because now everyone’s equal. Oh what a perfect world it would be. Who from among… Read more »

cav2108
cav2108
7 months ago

More bullshit from Harold Hutchison. Author’s name was too long. Didn’t read. I never read anything from this moron.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  cav2108

You should sign the petition to have this moron booted from Ammoland. If you’ve already signed, keep sharing it on social media! http://chng.it/Sjs8VzLz

moe mensale
moe mensale
7 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

I bet you can’t stand the excitement! Only 18 more morons to go and your wish will be fulfilled!

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  moe mensale

PFFFFFFFFFTT!!

moe mensale
moe mensale
7 months ago
Reply to  cav2108

“Author’s name was too long. Didn’t read.”

That’s a great standard for judging who’s articles to read! Dean Weingarten, Dan Zimmerman, Walter Williams and Michael Ramirez might want to consider something shorter themselves lest they find themselves being ignored also.

BTW, I agree with Willy. Sign his stupid little petition. You’re just the type he’s looking for.

JPM
JPM
7 months ago

This legislation has nothing to do with violence prevention or safety in the schools. It’s simply another tool to be used to intimidate parents and children. It will result in what we see already, a child drawing a gun, pointing his or her finger at another child pretending to “shoot” them, the notification of authorities and ultimately a visit to the child’s home and gun confiscation or intimidation of gun owning parents. Harold, you need to look beyond they wording of the law and what the sponsors claim, but that would require you to actually use your brain. The so-called… Read more »

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  JPM

This is just more proof that Harold is a lying weasel that shills for Radioactive Wayne and Negotiating Rights Away [NRA], and supports the undermining of 2A rights. This fake conservative needs to be given the BOOT!! http://chng.it/Sjs8VzLz

UncleT
UncleT
7 months ago

Sounds like a weaker TAPS Act. The so called “assessments” can be abused and I’m sure a trigger to investigate the family and the arms they may have to be red flagged. These things are dangerous to liberty. Why do the so called 2A supporters support these wolves who is looking for more advantages to disarm Americans and kidnap their children? Oh, and trash the Bill of Rights by making students and parents guilty until they prove their innocent because the might show certain behavior they disagree with. Is frog gigging a sign of future dangerous behavior? Trapping game animals?… Read more »

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  UncleT

Yet Little Quisling Harold will continue to shill for Radioactive Wayne, the NRA, and these anti-liberty politicians. Time to boot this little weasel! http://chng.it/Sjs8VzLz

JIAZ
JIAZ
7 months ago

“Second Amendment supporters should support its passage, even though the lead co-sponsor has a poor track record on Second Amendment rights.” Harold Hutchison Supporting politicians, some NRA Endorsed, who have a “poor track record on Second Amendment Rights” is one of the reasons for the mess we’re in now with red flag laws, gun bans, ammunition background checks, one gun a month, etc. Anti-2A politicians are masters of infringement by encroachment. “After the Parkland shooting, Andrew Cuomo began his abusive campaign against the National Rifle Association.” Harold Hutchison Wayne LaPierre and his BOD accomplices began their abusive campaign of corruption,… Read more »

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  JIAZ

This is why there is a petition to boot this lying, capitulating, traitorous quisling. http://chng.it/Sjs8VzLz