HARRISBURG – June 28, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the passage of Senate Bill 383, which would allow school districts to equip school faculty and staff with firearms.
The bill passed the Pennsylvania Senate today by a vote of 28 to 22. Leach voted against the proposal after explaining his opposition and reading a letter from educators who survived the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that explained why the proposal would make schools more dangerous, not more safe. The video of Leach’s speech is here and the text of the letter is here.
“As the educators who survived Sandy Hook explained, the reality of an active shooter is far different from the movies. Teachers with guns would not have prevented that shooting, and won’t prevent future shootings. Flaring tempers and honest mistakes are part of daily life in schools, which is why guns shouldn’t be.”