Georgia’s Kemp: School safety ‘has nothing to do’ with guns

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp has unveiled a $90 million proposal for school security focused on mental health and local control. But absent from his plan was any mention of the topic that has dominated the national conversation around school safety: guns.

The plan includes funding for a support counselor program in high schools and a one-time $30,000 infusion for each of Georgia’s public schools that local officials can use for “school security purposes.”

But the campaign for Kemp’s opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, says that gun safety measures are essential to keeping schools safe.

Abrams’ public education plan says she’ll seek “safe schools through gun safety policies” as well as a focus on school climate. She also supports school mental health professionals and school resource officers.

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