Where’s Mainstream Media? The House Quietly Passed A Bill To Prevent School Shootings

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives took their first legislative step to preventing future gun violence at schools by passing the STOP School Violence Act with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The bill is formally titled “The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018,” and followed a month of deliberations on how to prevent a tragedy like the Parkland shooting.

By a near unanimous vote, the STOP School Violence Act cleared the House of Representatives.

Per ABC News:

Five Democrats and five Republicans voted against the measure.

The bill authorizes $50 million per year for grants administered by the Department of Justice to fund training and other initiatives intended to enhance school safety, and $25 million annually for physical improvements such as metal detectors, stronger locks, and emergency notification and response technologies for schools to notify law enforcement of emergencies.

The bill now heads to the Senate for possible consideration.

Shortly after the bill’s passage, President Trump championed the bill over social media.

“Today the House took major steps toward securing our schools by passing the STOP School Violence Act,” Trump tweeted. “We must put the safety of America’s children FIRST by improving training and by giving schools and law enforcement better tools.”

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“A tragedy like Parkland can’t happen ever again!” he added.

“It is critical that we strengthen our laws in order to aid our law enforcement, address the needs of individuals struggling with serious mental illness, and develop proactive strategies for identifying and preventing violence in schools,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated, per ABC News. “This Administration is pleased with the progress we have made toward securing our schools over the last few weeks alone, and looks forward to working with the Senate to protect America’s students.”

Speaker Paul Ryan, who was accompanied by Congressman Steve Scalise, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congressman John Rutherford, and others, announced ahead of the bill’s passage that it will “implement new training programs in our schools, update security technology, and more.”

“Tragic violence has no place in our schools,” Paul said. “Today, the House will take concrete action to prevent this violence through the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act.”

“The action that the House just took, I think, is an important first help forward in protecting our children, our teachers and other administrators within our schools,” Rutherford stated, per the Daily Caller. “Because it’s going to not only harden the target through technology, but most importantly, I believe, it’s going to provide the tools and education needed by those in our schools to recognize these individuals who have a propensity to become active shooters.”

“Violence at schools makes students feel vulnerable in a place where they should feel safe. To curb violence at our nation’s schools, the STOP School Violence Act provides a multi-layered approach to identify threats and prevent violence from taking place on school grounds,” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a statement, via the Daily Caller. “It provides much-needed resources to train students, teachers, and law enforcement officers on how to recognize and respond quickly to warning signs and provides funding for technology to keep schools secure. The bill also provides for the creation of an anonymous reporting system to provide tips about potential attacks and persons who may be inclined to commit acts of violence on campus.”

Other members of Congress immediately celebrated the bill’s passage on social media.

As Congressman Lee Zeldin addressed, mainstream media did not have much coverage of the bill.

The effort to pass the bill in the Senate is already underway: