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There have been 10 threats to Southeastern Wisconsin schools since the Parkland shooting
RACINE, WI – Speaker Paul Ryan spent the long weekend in Florida, attending a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) fundraiser and visiting President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. After local and national media outlets covered Ryan’s refusal to meet with a teacher who came to his South Florida fundraiser to discuss gun reform, the Speaker attended what appeared to be a hastily arranged meeting with first responders to the Parkland shooting on Sunday afternoon. But Ryan did not meet with any of the students or teachers of the school, several of which had called out the Speaker personallyover the weekend for failing to allow a vote on gun reform measures that have widespread bipartisan support. Ryan has also not announced plans to meet with any students from his own District, where numerous threats were recorded since the Valentine’s Day shooting in Florida.
“If Speaker Ryan could make time for a fundraiser just 60 miles from the school and if he could make time for a visit to the Mar-a-Lago resort, then he should have made time for the Parkland students,” said Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce, who is challenging Ryan in Wisconsin’s First District. “Those students have lost friends and teachers as well as their sense of safety and security. The very least Speaker Ryan could have done is have a conversation with them, and explain why he is not even allowing a vote on gun reform. But since he didn’t make time in Florida, he should do it now with the students he directly represents.”
Bryce, a gun owner and father of a son in public school in Ryan’s District, also dropped off a letter to Speaker Ryan’s office in Racine, WI today with over 16,000 signatures collected just over the weekend. The letter reads in part, “Since you don’t do town halls anymore, I needed to find a way to let you know, the parents of your districts are feeling scared tonight Speaker Ryan, and we need more than your thoughts and prayers.” (picture) A billboard calling on Ryan to take reasonable steps on gun reform also went up in his hometown of Janesville, today.