- Council of the Great City Schools
- Gun Resolution
Urban Schools Coalition Passes Resolution Urging Immediate Federal Action Against School Shootings
Congress and President Called on to Ban Assault Weapons, Require Universal Background Checks, Support Resources for School Safety and Mental Health, and Implement Data Reforms
Arming Teachers Opposed; Student Civic, Social Participation Supported
March 19, 2018
Henry Duvall at 202-393-2427
WASHINGTON, March 19 –The Board of Directors of the Council of the Great City Schools, the nation’s primary coalition of large urban public-school systems, has passed a sweeping resolution “demanding effective and comprehensive action from the federal government to protect schoolchildren” from gun violence.
The resolution urges the U.S. Congress “to ban the sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition cartridges, except those needed by the military and law enforcement.” It also calls for the legislative body to support universal background checks in the purchase of firearms and to take other actions.
Further, the resolution calls on the president of the United States “to charge all agencies of the federal government with the task of reducing the number of gun-related injuries and death in America.”
“We have heard the cries of our students for tougher gun legislation and their pleas for stronger mental health support,” says Superintendent Darienne Driver of the Milwaukee Public Schools, who chairs the Council’s Board of Directors. “Today, we honor those voices and respond to their call for action.”
The coalition’s board, represented by the superintendent and a school board member from each of its 70 big-city member school systems, stands with the Broward County Public Schools, a member district, in the wake of the 17 students and faculty recently gunned downed and killed at one of its schools. The resolution also opposes teachers with guns and supports students seeking gun control.