According to Every Town for Gun Safety’s website https://everytownresearch.org/school-shootings/, there have been 290 school shootings in the U.S. since 2013, the last 5 years. It’s been 19 years since Jeffco experienced the grief and horror of Columbine. No matter which figures are cited, whether they include mass tragedies or “just incidents” with guns in schools, how is it things got worse, rather than better?
In her report/article Sounding the alarm: How Colorado tries to prevent school shootings,
Jaclyn Allen shares great information about the Safe2Tell program https://www.safe2tell.org.
“In Colorado, the Safe2Tell program, through which people can anonymously report concerns, has seen a significant increase in reports. In January alone, Safe2Tell had 1,321 reports, a 68 percent increase from 2017, ranging from suicide threats to planned school attacks.”
We need to promote and the support the Safe2Tell program more often and not wait for another deadly incident to occur. It’s a valuable tool in preventing school violence (including suicides, bullying and so many other categories). Tell your children to download the app and walk through it together. http://www.supportjeffcokids.org/back-to-school-with-safe2tell/
What message does it send when our state legislators continue to put forth bills like the two Senate Bill 97 & House Bill 1037 to allow concealed handguns on school grounds?
Both have as key sponsors Rep. Patrick Neville and Sen. Tim Neville. But they aren’t the only legislators willing to attach their names to this legislation.
SB 18-097 sponsors include:
HB 18-1037 sponsors include:
SB 097 was approved by Senate Majority and was sent to Appropriations.
|02/14/2018||Senate||Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations|
|01/22/2018||Senate||Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs|
HB 1037 is scheduled for the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Wednesday, Feb. 21st.
We think these legislators need to hear from the Jeffco Community, the county where the Columbine shootings occurred 19 years ago.
There have been many folks interested in organizing a rally/protest at the state’s Capitol on April 20th (and several other dates have been mentioned by other groups as well) regarding the gun violence in schools. But, April 20th is the anniversary of the Columbine shooting. We have talked about this extensively and feel it’s important in Jeffco to honor that date and by not adding to the work of our security and safety personnel who need to be elsewhere. Additionally, April 20th is also the official date of the 420 Rally scheduled in Civic Center Park (and probably surrounding areas) 10am-8pm. We are not convinced it’s the best location/date for a rally with students and kids. https://www.denver420rally.org
We certainly support anyone participating in any of these activities and may personally participate as well, raising awareness is always a good thing, especially when it comes to safety for our children. Feel free to share the various planned events in the comments on the Facebook post.
However, in our discussions, we wanted to participate as a group in an action to make a difference. Our state legislators hold the cards on this subject. With that in mind, we’d like to invite you to join us by writing the legislators who were willing to list their names to Senate Bill 097 and House Bill 1037, inviting more guns into our schools.
Write, and ask your friends to write, and tell them why you don’t want guns in our schools.
School District Budget season is starting. Let’s make sure our school district has adequate funds for our Safety and Security team, and for any additional enhancements to buildings requiring capital investments.
When you write, think about the words uttered by the father of 14 year old Jamie Guttenberg who was shot and killed – murdered – in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.
“I sent her to school yesterday, and she was supposed to be safe,” he said, choking back tears. “My job is to protect my children, and I sent my kid to school.”
Here are the legislators to email and call:
Rep. P. Neville 303-866-5523
Sen. T. Neville 303-866-4873
Rep. J. Becker 303-866-3706
Rep. P. Buck 303-866-2907
Rep. J. Everett 303-866-2927
Rep. S. Humphrey 303-866-2943
Rep. T. Leonard 303-866-2582
Rep. P. Lundeen 303-866-2924
Rep. K. Ransom 303-866-2933
Rep. Y. Willett 303-866-2583
Rep. D. Williams 303-866-5525
“They say, if you want to know what a community values, look at how its children are treated…
Have we become a society so callus who doesn’t care or value our children enough to demand our legislators do more than ask for prayers after these repeated massacres and nothing more?