Democratic lawmakers have pushed for legislation that would ban federal funding for police officers in schools and instead hire counselors and social workers.
The bill – titled the “Counseling, Not Criminalizing” Act – was introduced in July 2020 by Democratic Senators Chris Murphy (NJ), Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Tina Smith (MN), along with representatives of the “Squad” Ayanna Pressley (MA), Ilhan Omar (MN) and Jamaal Bowman (NY).
The law states that it would “prohibit the use of federal funds to maintain police in schools.”
A fact sheet from Murphy’s office adds that the bill is designed to “help schools hire counselors, social workers and other support staff instead of the police.”
In 2020, four Democrats, the senses. Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley have pushed for legislation to remove police officers from schools and replace them with social workers.
It was called the Counseling Not Criminalization Act. pic.twitter.com/UBByfra0gh
—Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 29, 2022
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Legislation pushed by Democratic lawmakers to defund policing in schools sought to establish a $2.5 billion grant program.
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The funds would “hire the counsellors, social workers, nurses, school psychologists and other staff they need to support students and create safe schools without police.”
The Washington Post reports that Uvalde’s school system safety plan had a similar ring as it “included school counselors, social workers, and special ‘threat assessment teams’ designed to assess students who appear to be a threat to themselves or to others”.
Even with this system in place, they write, “It’s not clear if [the shooter]who had no record of mental illness, had been on the school’s radar.
Meanwhile, a resource officer, according to latest reports, was not on the scene when the Uvalde massacre took place and the police response that followed was seriously inadequate, forcing patrol officers border to arrest the suspect.
Many school boards across the country held their own votes to remove police from schools.
Democrats are tough on police and tough on personal gun rights. Their policies kill people.
—Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 29, 2022
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Importantly, several of the lawmakers backing the effort to defund school policing were the most vocal about Congressional inaction after the Uvalde shooting.
Murphy hammered fellow Republicans for failing to pass anti-gun legislation that he – wrongly – claims would have stopped the shooting.
“Why are you spending all this time running for the United States Senate? Murphy asked.
“Why are you going through all the hassle of getting this job, putting yourself in a position of authority if your response, as the slaughter escalates, as our children run for their lives, (do) we do nothing?”
Senator Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT): “The 14 children dead in a Texas elementary school right now. What do we do? What do we do? Just days after a shooter entered a grocery store to gun down African American customers, we have another Sandy Hook in the hands. pic.twitter.com/IALrVON2mV
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 24, 2022
Counselors and social workers could benefit from the mental health aspect of children in difficulty, but there is also a frontline response that must be adequately addressed and funded. The incompetence of Uvalde’s response is proof of this need.
Bowman, as a member of Squad-by-proxy, spun off the rhetoric and, of course, blamed Republicans for the Uvalde murders.
“Senate Republicans helped kill a class of children,” he wrote. “That’s 214 mass shootings this year alone – all of which they are complicit in.”
Senate Republicans helped kill a class of kids.
That’s 214 mass shootings this year alone – in which they are all complicit.
NRA donations are more precious than lives to them. They must be removed from their posts.
—Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) May 25, 2022
Democrats should perhaps ask why schools have become easy targets since the implementation of the Gun-Free School Zones Act – signed into law in 1990 – rather than try everything to remove funding from relevant law enforcement sources. of these institutions.
Legislation has since made public schools easy targets for deranged murderers.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) last month introduced a bill to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act.
“Weapons-free zones are ineffective and make our schools less safe. Since 1950, 98% of mass public shootings have taken place in places where citizens are prohibited from having firearms,” Massie said.
He added, “Banks, churches, sports stadiums and many of my colleagues in Congress are protected by guns. Yet children inside the classroom are too often left vulnerable.
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