VIDEO: Senate Passes Cornin’s Mental Health and School Safety Bill One Month After Uwalde

“For too long, some politicians have tried to oppose the right to live in a secure community against the constitutional right to hold and bear arms.” This is a false choice. Law-abiding gun owners are not the problem.

“No parent should ever be afraid for their child’s safety at school, and no child should be afraid to go to school.”

We have proven that when we are inspired enough by the people in the gallery and others when they say “Do something”, we can come together and find a common language that will help keep our communities safer, protect our children and save lives. ‘

WASHINGTON – Senator John Cornin (R-TX) issued the following statements after the Senate adopted his Bipartisan Law on Safer Communities, targeted legislation that addresses the specific problems that have led to recent mass shootings and helps ensure the safety of schools without imposing new restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. The video is available here.

“Tomorrow will be one month since the tragic shooting in Uwalde, Texas.

“The American people were shocked, outraged and devastated by this attack and collectively asked how can we prevent this from happening again?”

“While the discussions on this topic cause an increase in emotions and I understand why. For too long, some politicians have tried to oppose the right to live in a secure community against the constitutional right to hold and bear arms. They make it look like the country can only have one or the other: either the Second Amendment, or safe schools, churches and grocery stores. And, of course, this is a false choice. Law enforcement owners are not the problem. “

“I don’t believe we can do anything in front of what we saw in Uwalde and have seen in too many communities. Doing nothing is an abdication of our responsibility. “

“At the same time, I reiterated my final line, which is that I would not support any provisions that violate the rights of gun owners who abide by the law. Again, they are not the problem. But I knew that this effort was about the art of the possible, looking at areas where we could agree, and setting aside those where we couldn’t.

“This legislation will protect our schools, protect our communities and protect the rights of the Second Amendment to law-abiding citizens. I have said it before and I will say it again: no parent should ever be afraid for their child’s safety at school and no child should be afraid to go to school.

“Good public policy and the support of the Constitution are not mutually exclusive.”

“I believe that tonight we have in the gallery people who have suffered unimaginable losses of loved ones in some of these mass shooting incidents. But I want to tell them that their advocacy has turned their pain into something positive. “

“Many have begun to doubt whether we are capable of making our institutions work.

We have proven that when we are inspired enough by the people in the gallery and others when they say “Do something”, we can come together and find a common language that will help keep our communities safer, protect our children and save lives. ”

Background:

IN Bipartisan Law on Safer Communities is targeted legislation addressing the specific problems that have led to the recent mass shootings and the need for additional resources for mental health and safety at school. Includes:

Support for government crisis intervention orders

  • Provides resources to states to implement crisis court programs, which may include mental health courts, drug courts, veterans’ courts, and assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs.

○ Each country will receive funding based on an existing formula and will have the flexibility to choose which crisis intervention programs will work best for them. There are no mandates, incentives, penalties or adjournments.

○ If a country chooses to use any of this funding to implement an exceptional risk protection order program, it will be required to meet strict and extensive due process requirements, evidence and standards of proof.

Investments in mental health services for children and families

  • Expands the model of the public behavioral health center throughout the country and makes large investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs and other support services available in the community, including crisis and trauma intervention.

Protection of victims of domestic violence

  • Updates the definition of a crime of domestic violence to include those who have or have had a current or recent ongoing serious romantic or intimate relationship with their victim.
  • Persons convicted of a crime of domestic violence against a person with whom they have or have had a current or recent ongoing serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature will have the right to purchase and possess a firearm automatically recovered after five years from the end of the sentence. their sentence if they have not committed other crimes of violence.

Funding for school mental health and support services

  • Invests in mental health promotion programs and support services in schools, including early identification and intervention.

Financing school safety resources

  • It invests in programs to support the introduction of safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools, supports efforts to prevent school violence and provides training for school staff and students.

Clarification of the definition of a firearms dealer with a federal license

  • Prosecutes criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements.

Investments in telehealth

  • It invests in programs that increase access to mental and behavioral health services for young people and families in crisis through telehealth.

Intensified review process under 21 years of age

  • For buyers under the age of 21 whose checks are noted as the reason, the bill allows the FBI up to seven additional days to conduct an intensified review of any disqualifying records for minors and mental health.

Sanctions for the purchase of straw

  • It deals with criminals, cartel members and terrorists who illegally buy straw and traffic weapons.

of the senators Bipartisan Law on Safer Communities is fully compensated. The text of the senators’ legislation is available here.

The legislation is supported by the Brotherhood of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Sheriffs, the Association of Chiefs of Large Cities, the National Network for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, the National Association of District Prosecutors, the National Mental Health Alliance, Domestic Violence Hotline, National Association of Police Organizations, National Association of School Psychologists, American Psychological Association, Conference of Mayors of the United States, National Association of School Psychologists, National Rural Health Association, United States Conference of Catholic Catholics, The Electronic Security Association and the Security Industry Association, along with other national and state organizations for domestic violence, mental health, and educational organizations.

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