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June 15, 2022

     President Joe Biden does not support “hardening schools” against potential school shooters following the massacre at a Texas elementary school last week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.  Dumb stupidity.

     “I know there’s been conversation about hardening schools, that is not something he believes in,” Jean-Pierre told reporters at a White House press conference. “He believes that we should be able to give teachers the resources to be able to do their job.” Jean-Pierre’s comments came as Biden has promised to meet with congressional leaders about possible bipartisan legislation to address gun violence after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two adults in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

     Led by Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a bipartisan group of 10 senators is hoping to negotiate a gun proposal during the Senate’s upcoming recess — with ideas including expanded background checks or red flag laws that keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people. Republican lawmakers have been supportive of “hardening” schools by providing money for more security resources, law enforcement officers or even arming teachers. 

     Murphy told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was “open” to increasing school security, however, Democrats have been steadfast against providing weapons to teachers. They’ve also argued that heightened security alone does not go far enough to protect students. The President said Monday he hadn’t yet spoken with Republican leaders about areas of potential compromise — despite the fact that a week had passed since the tragedy.

     Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are currently “discussing how we might be able to come together and target the problem, which is mental illness and school safety.” 

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