St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the private school where President Trump’s youngest son, Barron, attends, joined more than 100 other schools in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area by publishing an open letter calling on President Trump and Congress to support more gun control, in response to the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last month.
The letter expressed opposition to Trump’s proposal of arming teachers, and instead asked for a “robust system of registration and background checks” with an emphasis on assault weapons. They also back stronger mental health services, the Associated Press reported.
The letter included the following statement:
“We urge our President, our Congress, and our state leaders to enact specific, vigorous measures to reduce gun violence in our society, particularly in our schools. We need a robust system of registration and background checks. with a particular eye toward weapons capable of rapidly firing a vast number of deadly shots. We need stronger mental health services and more effective communication among agencies responsible for the well-being of children, adults and families. What we do not need is to arm our teachers with guns, which is dangerous and antithetical to our profession as educators.”
The Hill reported: Trump unveiled his gun reform proposals on Sunday meant to “harden” schools, which included arming teachers, amping up the nation’s background check system and approving $50 million for school safety improvements. The administration’s proposals include banning bump stocks, a device used to modify semi-automatic rifles to fire at faster speeds.
Trump’s proposals made no mention of raising the minimum age for firearm purchases from 18 to 21, something Trump expressed support for last month and many student advocates have called for.