La Oferta

June 25, 2022

US allocates more than $70 million to counter school shootings

Washington, Oct 3 (EFE).- The United States approved the allocation of more than $70 million in grant funding to bolster security in schools to counter mass shootings, the US Department of Justice said in a statement Tuesday.

The funds aim to “bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident.”

A man holds a sign depicting US President Donald J. Trump being controlled by the NRA, outside the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue during March For Our Lives in Washington, DC, USA, 24 March 2018. March For Our Lives was organized in response to the 14 February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The student activists demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and an end to gun violence and mass shootings in schools. EFE

“President Trump and his administration will ensure the safety of every American school,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in the statement.

On Feb. 14 a shootout at a school in Parkland in Florida had left 17 dead, while another on May 18 had left 10 dead in a school in Santa Fe, Texas.

The statement also said that the department is investing over $1 million to “examine factors that contribute to mass violence, identify any patterns in mass shootings, analyze psychological and social life histories of mass shooters and community-level predictors of mass violence, and will examine firearm purchasing patterns of known mass shooters in order to create a risk prediction tool.”

The White House had proposed to counter mass shootings in schools by arming school teachers, against the backdrop of spiraling demand in the country for reforming gun laws in the country.