Chuck Schumer Just Shot Down a Measure to Help Schools Protect Children

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When Democrats claim Republicans find the murder of young children in mass shootings acceptable, they are projecting. In the wake of the assault at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Democrats and their close friends and allies in the activist media have engaged in a full-court press to paint their opposition as callous individuals who don’t care when someone uses an AR-15 to massacre kids.

But in the end, these people always expose their true agenda – and it has nothing to do with safeguarding the lives of children in public schools. The Washington Examiner reported that Republican senators tried to introduce a legislative proposal that would codify the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse into law last week.

From the report:

The database of information, available at, was established during the Trump administration. It provides faculty, parents, and students with resources on how to improve school safety, as well as grants from the federal and state governments intended to help achieve these goals.

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the bill, arguing that it is necessary to help schools protect their students. “There’s nothing partisan about this bill whatsoever. It’s just a good idea that could save lives. … All this bill does now is codify it to make sure this clearinghouse stands the test of time — that it will always be there to provide the best practices on school safety,” Johnson said while addressing his colleagues.

Sen. Johnson explained that he spoke with some of the parents of children who were killed in the Parkland shooting. “They’ve been trying to get this codified, passed into law, for four years. I can’t explain why it’s not law,” the lawmaker said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) immediately shot down the idea after Johnson asked for unanimous consent to pass the bill. “Hardening schools would’ve done nothing to prevent this shooting. In fact, there were guards and police officers already at the school yesterday when the shooter showed up,” Schumer insisted. “More guns won’t protect our children.”

However, it appears Schumer was not quite being honest in his objection. From the Washington Examiner:

Codifying an existing program into law is not “more guns.” From a legislative perspective, the bill is not mutually exclusive with Schumer’s recently introduced gun control policies. Grants and resources provided by the federal government can help improve the security standing of low-income schools.

Schumer’s solution was purposefully strategic. He proposed tacking the bill as an amendment to the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act passed by the House of Representatives last week. Republicans were against the bill, and it failed to make it past the 60-vote threshold needed to pass the bill in the Senate on Thursday as all Republicans voted against it.

The Examiner surmises that Schumer already knew Republicans were going to vote against the terrorism bill before it went to a vote, so he inserted Johnson’s bill to push GOP lawmakers to vote for it. In other words, instead of seriously considering a measure that could save the lives of children, Schumer and the gang decided to play politics by dangling it from the domestic terrorism proposal.

Far too many Democratic elected officials view school shootings as a propaganda tool to advance their anti-gun agenda instead of looking at it as a problem to be solved. This latest development shows how little they care about safeguarding the lives of children. Passing a proposal to provide resources and funding to schools to help them shield students from potential shooters should be a no-brainer even for those who are against gun rights.

Hypothetically speaking, would it not be possible for anti-gunners to push for their ludicrous laws that would do nothing to prevent mass shootings and support measures that make it easier for officials to enact policies to better equip schools to defend their students? Anyone with an IQ higher than my shoe size can see that these two ideas are not mutually exclusive; one can easily support both. If I can figure this out, the big brains in Congress should have had no problem discerning this reality.

But the problem is that their objective isn’t to keep children alive. Their objective is to make it harder for citizens to keep and bear arms. That’s it.

At every turn, these people show us exactly who they are. It’s time we started believing them.


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