Updated: Mar 5, 2020
On Thursday, more than 400 Moms Demand Action Maryland advocates and survivors of gun violence rallied in Annapolis in support of closing background check loopholes. Current state law does not require background checks for rifle and shotgun sales from unlicensed sellers. (Learn more.) New legislation has been introduced to change that. MDA is urging the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 0208 and House Bill 0004.
I'M PROUD TO BE AN EARLY SUPPORTER OF SENSIBLE GUN LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN.
Just last month, as President of Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) l led 100+ delegates to pass a resolution that urges MCPS and the Board of Education to educate parents and take action. It was tricky. Our members have different priorities and not everyone agrees on the details. After leading delegates through a lengthy debate and lots of amendments, we came to a consensus that MCPS and the Board of Education should:
- Inform families about safe firearm storage
- Ensure evidence-based threat assessments
- Monitor for disproportionate impact on students with disabilities
- Provide anonymous reporting
- Provide appropriate mental health support to identify students in crisis or at risk, and implement interventions.
- Inform schools of Maryland's risk protection law and when to use it
- Ensure that parents get advance notice of active shooter drills
- Ensure that frills never involve simulations, are never unannounced, and include trauma-informed approaches.
Read the entire resolution HERE.
I also encouraged our board to join more than 4,000 individuals and organizations and sign onto the national Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence. They agreed.
And I was thrilled to be an ardent, early supporter of MoCo Students for Change, which was founded on this very issue. I partnered with them at community events speaking out side by side with student activists. Last fall, I went one step further advocated for their right to rally, handing over my gavel to speak in favor of three days of excused absences for civic action.
Here's my testimony on that to the Board of Education:
Bottom line: we must protect our children, and LISTEN when they speak.