Rep. Joe Courtney, a member of the House’s education committee, is pressing his Republican colleagues to hold hearings on preventing school shootings in the wake of the massacre that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.
“Something is deeply wrong in our society when we experience routine massacres, but we take no action to prevent such occurrences from repeatedly taking place,” Courtney said. “When a plane crashes, we conduct thorough investigations to figure out what went wrong and enact regulations in an attempt to prevent the next crash.”
Courtney and his Democratic colleagues wrote to the committee’s Republican chairwoman, Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., requesting hearings, noting that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had suggested the same in a radio interview.
“Sadly, since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago, more than 430 people have been shot in over 230 school shootings. Despite the sobering reality, our Committee has not had a hearing to address this public health epidemic since February 2013,” the Democrats wrote.
While Democrats have called for stricter gun laws in response to the shooting, Republicans have said the real issue is mental health.
Courtney said Republicans have undermined that position by supporting legislation that made it easier for people with mental health issues to purchase firearms and supporting cuts to Medicaid, which is the single largest payer for mental health services in the country.
http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-pol-courtney-florida-shooting-hearings-20180216-story.htmlFebruary 16th, 2018