Since 1998’s massacre at Columbine High School, school shootings have become a regular occurrence around the country. In the aftermath of many of these events, promises are made to help protect students, but legislation concerning school safety typically doesn’t make its way to the President’s desk. In September, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would hold a vote on gun safety if he though Trump would sign it.
As of now, though, there is very little action towards taking steps to make schools safer. Advocacy groups called Common and the Amani Project along with activist Scarlett Lewis wanted to let the President know that they are hoping for action. The organizations recently sent Trump a High School yearbook which features all of the children killed in school shootings this year.
There are a total of 37 children featured in the annual. While their names are in the book, there is a blank space where their picture should be.
Trump isn’t the only lawmaker who received a copy. The book was sent to all 2020 Presidential candidates along with all of the United States senators and governors.
A website created for the website reads, “Because even at a time when we seem so divided, we must be united in the belief that children should not be shot to death at school. It is that simple.”
Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jessie was killed in the Sandy Hook Massacre said of the initiative, “The time has come for each of us to be part of the solution. It is one thing to empathize with the victims and feel their pain, but quite another to actively do something to keep our kids safe.”
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