National PTA supports weapons ban while Metro law enforcement express concern
National and local battle lines have been drawn over the issue of banning certain weapons. The National PTA® believes the latest move by Congress to introduce a proposal to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines is a significant first step in ensuring a safe learning environment for all students.
The National PTA® President Betsy Landers said in a statement released Thursday, Jan 24, “ The National PTA commends Members of Congress for taking swift legislative action on gun violence prevention and supports today’s introduction of the Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2013”.
Under the leadership of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the group introduced legislation to limit the availability of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
The proposed legislation falls in line with National PTA’s positions on gun violence prevention and National PTA agrees with Sen. Feinstein in that Congress must act to:
*Ban the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons
*Ban large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
The National PTA stands behind congress with its promise to “continued work with Congress to enact and implement reasonable gun violence prevention measures, including consideration of legislative solutions that provide safety training and comprehensive mental health services while keeping schools completely gun-free”.
President Barack Obama has called on Congress to act on four specific legislative measures:
*closing background check loopholes
*banning military-style assault weapons and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines
*making our schools safer
*increasing access to mental health services
But with support for the proposal comes concerns that the measures will infringe on American’s Second Amendment rights. In Metro Atlanta law enforcement are standing behind a promise to not support the proposed Congressional weapons ban.
Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison and Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren have both written views vowing to not support any new law that they say would “negate constitutional rights”. Sheriff Roger Garrison’s views are posted in the Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch and Sheriff Neil Warren’s letter can be read in the Marietta Daily Journal.
In response to nationwide divide around the Second Amendment rights, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday, “Every step we intend to take will preserve the tradition of responsible gun ownership in our country and uphold the Second Amendment. And while we’ll never end gun violence entirely, if we can save the life of even one child, then we have a responsibility to act”.
The National PTA says it is confident that enactment will improve public safety while protecting the Second Amendment.
As this debate continues, it is clear that there will be two distinct sides to this heated issue. The hope is that the divide is not so deep that America will not be able to unite under its laws.