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Blog: PTA Speaks Out on Feinstein’s Ban on Assault Weapons

This is one of those defining moments that calls for our elected officials to look beyond polls and into the face of our children and keep them safe from harm.

Sandy Hook. Virginia Tech. Columbine. Stockton.

How many more school names shall we remember not for a list of graduates but for the number of children killed?

The answer should be clear – not one more school, not one more child.

In our schools, in our shopping centers and in all our communities, public safety trumps the right of anyone to have an assault weapon designed for the battlefield.

This is one of those defining moments that calls for our elected officials to look beyond polls and into the face of our children and keep them safe from harm.

More than 20 years ago, California State PTA called for the ban on assault weapons following the killings at an elementary school in Stockton. 

A gunman opened fire with an AK 47 assault rifle on the playground of Cleveland Elementary School. Five children were killed and many others injured.

Today we renew that call.

California State PTA supports Senator Feinstein’s proposed legislation to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

We do not need more guns and ammunition on our school campuses. What we need, especially in California, is more counselors, and mental health services, and smaller class sizes and school nurses.

Let’s not escalate a gun culture. Let’s escalate our support for a safe and high-quality education for all children.

Editor's Note: Carol Kocivar of San Francisco is president of the California State PTA.

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Smitty911 February 17, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Susan, Your right. These discussions do take a few turns and twist. Your dealing with humans for the most part ;) In an attempt to return the discussion to the PTA, maybe they should be more concerned about the number of children dropping out of school (45% in areas), the sexual abuse by teachers on students, the Unions grasp on the education system (which turns out substandard students), and the misuse of the excessive funding they currently have. I'm game for solutions - You? Best regards, Smitty
Carl Petersen III February 19, 2013 at 04:59 AM
TGD 8:52 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013 "With that said it looks like you are now the poster child for conservative idiot on the Patch." . . There is lots of competition! Arthur Spooner 10:21 pm on Sunday, February 17, 2013 "Ooooohhhhhhh is that a threat?? One Voice, are you quivering?? The last thing I have ever been afraid of is a liberal. Bring it on!!" http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/users/arthur-spooner/comments
The Teller of Truth February 19, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Well look whos buttin in and trying to start arguements over here in beautiful La Jolla. (White on rice buddy!)
Jim C February 19, 2013 at 06:49 PM
What is absurd is for an organization to take sides on a controversial issue that is not even part of their core mission. This will cause a significant percentage of people to drop their membership to the PTA. It's bad stewardship, plain and simple. And to say that they should speak out on the AWB because there have been shootings on school campuses is just silly. Should they have a position on air pollution because it affects people breathing on campus? Should they have a position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because some students are Jewish or there is a Palestinian club on campus? Should they have a position on the gear ratios in a '68 GTO because there is, after all, auto shop on campus? The PTA has, for the most part, been an organization where people of many backgrounds could get together and work for the betterment of schools and the education of the kids. This move divides people and, in my opinion, will hurt the PTA in the long run.
TGD February 19, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Jim C 10:49 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 "What is absurd is for an organization to take sides on a controversial issue that is not even part of their core mission......And to say that they should speak out on the AWB because there have been shootings on school campuses is just silly. Should they have a position on air pollution because it affects people breathing on campus? Should they have a position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because some students are Jewish or there is a Palestinian club on campus? Should they have a position on the gear ratios in a '68 GTO because there is, after all, auto shop on campus?" ...................................................................................... Should they have a position that there maybe drug and alcohol abuse on campus? Should they have a concern about there maybe a convicted sexual predator hired as a teacher? How silly. They should concentrate on school dances and bake sale fundraising and STFU.

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