SDUSD to speak on school safety two weeks after deadly school shooting in Florida

San Diego Unified School District and School Board President Kevin Beiser will hold a news conference to discuss student safety in light of the deadly shooting two weeks ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Beiser will also discuss how the district plan’s to respond to a nationwide, student-led walkout planned for March 14, and the resolution he put forth at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting demanding elected officials work to enact stricter gun-control laws.

The Board of Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District passed a resolution Tuesday calling on lawmakers to prevent more gun-related violence and mass shootings.

The resolution, which follows the tragic school shootings in Parkland, Florida demands that state and federal representatives pass laws that close the gaps in current regulations that allow firearms to fall into the hands of felons, those convicted of domestic violence and others who might pose a danger to themselves or to the community.

Kevin Beiser, the president of the SDUSD school board said the ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15 should be reinstated, citing national data on gun-related deaths during the period when the assault weapons were prohibited.

“We had a long decline in gun-related deaths in the U.S. when the assault rifle ban was in place in the 1990’s and we need to bring that back,” Beiser said.

He rejected the idea of training school teachers to handle firearms as “pure lunacy.” He called the suggestion to arm teachers a ploy by the National Rifle Association to divert attention from genuine efforts to reform the nation’s gun laws.

“Reasonable gun regulations are the solutions to this epidemic, not more guns,” Beiser said.

In addition to urging more comprehensive background checks, the Board’s resolution also calls on lawmakers to pass “an outright ban on semi-automatic firearms, high capacity magazines, armor piercing ammunition, bump stocks and any other equipment, alteration or modification that would increase a firearm’s capacity or rate of fire.”

The resolution was approved by the trustees by a vote of 5-0.

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