FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCH 13, 2018

 

 

***Press Release*** 

Rep. Margo Davidson Stands with Upper Darby School Board to Oppose Push to Arm Teachers

Davidson says she will strongly oppose bill in State House and will fight for common-sense gun laws in Congress.

UPPER DARBY—Today, Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) announced her strong support for the unanimous resolution passed by the Upper Darby school board last Tuesday to oppose arming classroom teachers, as proposed by Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

“We have an epidemic of gun violence in our society.  Children are dying.  Bringing more guns into the classroom is a terrible idea. Police Superintendent Chitwood needs to listen to the voices of our students, teachers, parents, administrators, and school board members, who stand strongly opposed to this preposterous plan” said Democrat Margo Davidson.

Davidson continued, “We can’t keep following the NRA’s talking points and expect things to improve.  To protect our children, we need to require stronger, universal background checks; permanently ban assault weapons and bump stocks; raise the age to purchase a gun; and keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill. Arming teachers will make our children less safe and undermine their education. I will do everything I can to make sure Senate Bill 383 does not pass the State House.”

Kristin Seale of the Rose Tree Media school board said, "I commend Rep. Margo Davidson for standing with concerned parents, students, administrators and school board members across Southeast Pennsylvania to oppose any proposal to bring more guns into our schools. We need more people in Congress fighting for common sense gun legislation to keep our children and families safe."

Rep. Davidson has been a leader in the fight against gun violence, introducing legislation that will require Pennsylvania to transfer existing mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS.

This Wednesday, thousands of students across the country will stage a walkout for 17 minutes to honor the seventeen students who were slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. Rep. Davidson urges all state leaders to seize on this opportunity where our country is finally focused on gun violence to pass legislation to make our schools and our society safer.

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