Miguel Plancarte, founding president of the Gay Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy stands at right with his fellow students. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network held a press conference today in opposition to the NRA's proposed measures to combat gun violence in schools.
The Gay-Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy held a press conference today in opposition of
the NRA's proposal to train and arm at least one staff member in every school in the U.S. Released today, the report from the NRA's newly-formed National School Shield Taskforce recommends weapons training programs for school resource officers and personnel, and for states to adopt a new law that will allow additional personnel to bear arms.
Following last month's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Illinois legislators are hurrying to crack down on guns, despite opposition from groups like the National Rifle Association.
On their first day back for the General Assembly's last week of session, Senate Democrats sent two gun control measures to the floor.
Illinois Council on Handgun Violence Director Colleen Daley pleaded with Senators to pass a ban on new purchases of assault weapons. She says she doesn't want Illinois to become the next state where they're used in a mass killing.