“For too long, some politicians have tried to oppose the right to live in a safe society to the constitutional right to keep and bear arms … This is a wrong choice. The problem is not law-abiding gun owners.”
“No parent should be afraid for their child’s safety at school, and no child should be afraid to go to school.”
“We have proven that we can, when inspired enough by the people in the gallery and other people when they say ‘Do something’, come together and find common ground that will help keep our communities safe, protect our children and save lives. ‘
WASHINGTON – Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) released the following statements after the Senate passed it Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, targeted legislation that addresses the specific issues that led to the recent mass shootings and helps keep schools safe without imposing new restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. Video available here.
“Tomorrow marks one month since the tragic shooting in Uvalda, Texas.”
“The American people were shocked, outraged and devastated by this attack and collectively wondered how can we prevent this from happening again?”
“So far, discussions on this topic are causing a storm of emotions, and I understand why. For too long, some politicians have tried to pit the right to live in a secure society against the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. They give the impression that there can only be one or the other in the country: either the Second Amendment, or safe schools, and churches, and grocery stores. And, of course, this is a false choice. The problem is not law-abiding gun owners.”
“I don’t believe in doing nothing in the face of what we’ve seen in Uvalda and we’ve seen in too many communities. To do nothing is to refuse responsibility.”
“At the same time, I reiterated my main point: I will not support any provisions that infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Again, they are not the problem. But I knew that this effort was about the art of the possible, finding areas where we could agree and discarding areas where we couldn’t.”
“This legislation will protect our schools, protect our communities, and protect the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: no parent should be afraid for their child’s safety at school, and no child should be afraid to go to school.”
“Pursuing good public policy and upholding the Constitution are not mutually exclusive.”
“I believe there are people in the gallery tonight who have suffered unimaginable loss of loved ones in some of these mass shooting incidents. But I want to tell them that their defense has turned their pain into something positive.”
“Many began to doubt that we were able to make our institutions work.”
“We have proven that we can, when inspired enough by the people in the gallery and others when they say ‘Do something’, come together and find common ground that will help keep our communities safe, protect our children and save lives. ”
Bipartisan Safer Communities Act it is targeted legislation to address the specific issues that led to the recent mass shootings, as well as the need for more resources for mental health and school safety. It includes:
Support for government orders to intervene in a crisis
- Provides resources for states to implement court crisis intervention programs that may include mental health courts, drug courts, veterans’ courts, and outpatient treatment (AOT) programs.
○ Each state will receive funding based on an existing formula and be able to select the crisis intervention programs that are best for them. No prescriptions, rewards, punishments, or delays.
○ If the State chooses to use any of these means to implement the Extreme Risk Protection Order program, it must comply with strict and extensive due process, evidentiary, and standard of proof requirements.
Investing in child and family mental health services
- Expands community mental health center model across the country and invests heavily in expanding access to mental health and suicide prevention programs and other support services available in the community, including crisis and trauma care.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
- Updates the definition of a domestic violence misdemeanor to include those who have or have had a current or recent long-term serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with their victim.
- Persons convicted of a domestic violence offense against a person with whom they are, or have had a current or recent long-term, serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature, will be eligible to purchase and possess a firearm, automatically reinstated five years after the end of their criminal conviction if they did not commit further violent crimes.
Funding for School Behavioral Health and Support Services
- Invests in programs to expand mental health and support services in schools, including early detection and intervention.
School Safety Resource Funding
- Invests in programs that help introduce safety measures in and around elementary and secondary schools, supports efforts to prevent violence in schools, and provides training to school staff and students.
Clarifying the Definition of a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer
- Cracks down on criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements.
Investment in telemedicine
- Invests in programs that increase access to mental and behavioral health services for youth and families in crisis through telemedicine.
Improved verification process for persons under 21 years of age
- For buyers under the age of 21 whose background checks are flagged for a reason, the bill gives the FBI up to seven additional days to conduct an extended check on potentially disqualifying records of juvenile and mental health judgments.
Straw purchase fees
- Cracks down on criminals, cartel members and terrorists who illegally buy and sell weapons.
Senators Bipartisan Safer Communities Act fully compensated. The text of the law on senators is available here.
The legislation was supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Sheriffs, the Association of Chiefs of Major Cities, the National Domestic Violence Network, the National Association of District Attorneys, the National Alliance for Mental Health. diseases, National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Association of Police Organizations, National Association of School Psychologists, American Psychological Association, Conference of Mayors of the United States, National Association of School Psychologists, National Rural Health Association, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Electronic Security Associations, and Security Industry Associations , as well as other national and state organizations for domestic violence, mental health, and education.