I was thinking about the commonsense bill to restrict guns from schools and fondly recalled watching an episode of "Little House on the Prairie" with my two daughters.
Charles Ingalls, the father, paid a surprise visit to Mary and Laura’s school. He was welcomed by their teacher, but before he could go into the one-room school the teacher instructed him to leave his gun outside.
I recall Wayne Lapierre in his address to the National Rifle Association in 1999, embracing “absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance” schools!
The only thing that has changed is the NRA. Today and throughout our history teachers, school administrators, educational associations and most importantly the majority of parents and students have supported “absolutely gun-free” schools. They know that guns, concealed or open, do not promote or create a safe learning environment.
I support Rhode Island Senate Bill 2761, which would restrict all guns and weapons from schools. I hope that our legislators heed the advice of history, our teachers and parents and our law enforcement professionals and pass it.
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