Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., wants to allow governors the power to activate National Guard troops who could replace police officers at their desk jobs to allow more police to protect schools. She also wants to increase funding for schools to install tip lines, surveillance equipment, metal detectors and other safety measures. Another component of her legislation would create a task force between the Justice and Education departments to develop new school safety guidelines.
Violence in Media
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is pushing a bill calling for a National Academy of Sciences study on whether violent video games and television programming lead to aggressive behavior in children or have lasting negative effects. He says the Connecticut shooting should prod action from Congress to stem children’s exposure to violent content.
Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., are backing the creation of a special commission to explore solutions to gun violence. But a commission likely would move more slowly than the interagency task force that Obama created to produce recommendations by January.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.