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PTA’s new courageous statement on gun control

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 11-01-2013

I was ready to be disappointed when I saw the email heading on yet another statement on a school shooting. I was expecting the usual call to discuss violence in our schools and in our culture. However, the National PTA really stood up this time, making very black and white statements that clearly support what Joe Biden has been suggesting over the past few days after his meetings with civic leaders. In the National PTA press release on the Taft Union High School shooting, the PTA lists their top three priorities:

  • Universal background checks for the sale and possession of firearms;
  • A ban on non-sporting ammunition in high-capacity magazines; and
  • The reenactment and expansion of an effective federal ban on the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons

Thankfully absent were any hollow statements about addressing our culture. The priorities of the National PTA are just common sense steps that all Americans should support, whether gun rights advocates or not. The most recent killings have nothing to do with Second Amendment or sportsman’s freedom. They are however, directly related to a gun industry that feeds on people’s fears while actively denying rules that would save thousands of very innocent lives every year.

The one thing I don’t understand is why they decided to release this statement on a Friday, rather than the start of the news week.

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