Washington, D.C., February 10, 2020 – Brady is encouraged by the Department of Homeland Security’s launch of www.schoolsafety.gov by the Federal Commission on School Safety, a site intended to address and improve safety practices and protocols in our schools. This is the official website of the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse. While this resource is not solely about preventing shootings in schools, Brady reiterates the need for comprehensive federal action to prevent gun violence as a key component on how to prevent violence.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“It’s vital that we address violence in all of its forms and today’s announcement is a small step in the right direction. Schoolsafety.gov provides useful resources to parents, students, administrators and law enforcement. It is undeniable that there is room for improvement in ensuring that our students are safe. However, it is equally undeniable that we need still need meaningful federal action to help in that effort and to prevent gun violence. Programs and legislation that keep guns safely stored and out of the hands of those who should not have them is proven to help reduce incidents of violence, including school shootings.
We know that 75 percent of school shootings are facilitated by kids having access to unsecured or unsupervised weapons at home. We know that there are people, such as the individual responsible for the murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, who should not possess firearms. These are all policies that the President should champion and that the United States Congress should pass into law to help protect our kids. These policies, such as the two bipartisan bills that would expand and strengthen background checks but have sat without a vote in the Senate for almost one year, should be a part of any effort to improve safety in our schools.”
About Today’s Announcement:
Today, the White House announced the launch of www.schoolsafety.gov, a nexus of government-wide resources for local schools and educators intended to make schools safer for students. The site is a product of the Federal Commission on School Safety and a product of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Education, Justice and, Health and Human Services.
The site is intended as a resource for students, parents, administrators, educators, and law enforcement. These resources include:
- A School Safety Readiness Tool that allows users to examine a selected school’s safety based upon available criteria.
- A Secure Information Sharing Platform that allows certain users to share ideas.
- Additional relevant resources and best practices.
Brady applauds the intent of this platform and many of its components and reiterates that there are proven policies and programs to help reduce gun violence in schools, such as Brady’s ‘End Family Fire’ program.
About End Family Fire:
Family fire is a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home that results in death or injury. Unintentional shootings, suicides, and intentional shootings are all forms of family fire.
Every year in the United States, nearly 40,000 people are killed and 90,000 people are injured by gun violence. Family fire accounts for a majority of these terrible tragedies.
There are easy, everyday steps that each of us can take to prevent family fire tragedies. Our solutions are focused around four key pillars: Ask, Act, Talk, and Learn.
Family Fire is a Major Contributor to America’s Gun Violence Epidemic:
- 4.6 million children live in homes with access to an unlocked or unsupervised gun
- 75 percent of kids know where that gun is stored in their home.
- 75 percent of school shootings are facilitated by kids having access to unsecured and/or unsupervised guns at home.
For more information: https://www.bradyunited.org/program/end-family-fire
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.