Nearly a month has passed since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead.
Congress has yet to vote on any measures to respond to the attack, but leaders plan to change that. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Tuesday a vote next week on a bill aimed at protecting U.S. schools from gun violence.
The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 comes from Reps. John Rutherford, R-Fla., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and already has more than 30 co-sponsors. If passed, the legislation would authorize $50 million in new funding to bolster school security. The money seeks to help schools sift through reported threats and fund training and technical assistance for school staff and local law enforcement to catch signs of potentially violent behavior.
The school safety bill does not change who can buy firearms, something many advocates have called for since the Parkland shooting. President Donald Trump has signaled support for a number of gun-related policy changes, including expanding background checks, raising the age limit for rifle purchases, and arming more school personnel.
Immediately following the shooting, the Senate indicated it would move on a narrow bill to make data sharing for federal databases more efficient and accurate. The bill would not expand background checks for firearm purchases but would improve current systems.
Despite the modest approach, the Senate decided not to schedule a vote on the bill this week and has yet to announce if it will consider any other gun laws. —E.W.