Teacher challenging Paul Ryan demands commonsense gun safety legislation
Janesville, WI – Today, a teacher fired a gun at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia and barricaded himself in his classroom as students fled in terror. No one was injured.
Following this latest school shooting, Cathy Myers, the teacher challenging Paul Ryan to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, called on the Speaker of the House to “stop the nonsense and end the debate over arming teachers.”
Myers said, “Teaching has become one of the most stressful occupations in America due to decades of insufficient funding and partisan attacks. My fellow teachers will feel less safe if Paul Ryan allows a vote on a bill based on Trump’s plan to arm up to 20% of my co-workers.”
Last Friday, Donald Trump addressed a crowd of gun supporters at the NRA-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference. He said he would like to arm an estimated 10% to 20% of teachers who he claimed were “very gun adept people.”
Trump’s proposal to allow more guns in schools was in response to the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that took 17 innocent lives. Paul Ryan said he thinks it’s “a good idea.”
Cathy Myers, a 24-year veteran high school teacher, explained, “Paul Ryan is just plain wrong to say that arming teachers is a ‘good idea.’ Today’s school shooting demonstrates exactly why more guns in schools will only lead to more gunshots in schools and more trauma for our students. I’m calling on Speaker Ryan to immediately denounce Trump’s outrageous proposal and call a vote on commonsense gun safety legislation.”
Myers has offered multiple proposals to address mass shootings and improve gun safety, including: (1) A ban on military-style assault weapons, (2) a ban on high-capacity magazines, (3) raising the age limit for all gun purchases to 21, (4) requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases, and (5) closing the loopholes that allow perpetrators of domestic abuse to obtain a firearm.