Sandy Hook Promise

As the United States continues to do nothing against an epidemic of mass shootings, gun reform group Sandy Hook Promise has released a public service announcement framed as a back to school ad that captures a horrific reality faced by American students every day: school shootings.

You can watch the heartbreaking PSA below, but the depiction of gun violence may be disturbing for some viewers.

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Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the upcoming election and the most urgent issues facing the nation.

Considering the United States saw 53 people murdered in mass shootings last month alone, the issue of common sense gun reform soon arose. Harris asked the audience—comprised of college students—whether or not they've ever had to undergo an active shooter drill at any point during their education. Virtually every single hand went up.

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The United States is still reeling from the two shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this past weekend which resulted in the deaths of 31 people.

As young students return to school at the end of summer break, the all-too-familiar threat of a mass shooting erupting at their learning institutions continues to loom.

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Fred Guttenberg—whose daughter perished in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—spoke out after a recent bill allowing teachers to carry guns in schools passed the Florida state senate.

The bill requires teachers to complete 144 hours of training and a psychological evaluation before they're permitted to carry guns in the classroom, but Guttenberg told Newsweek that the legislation is still harmful:

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It's no secret that teachers across America do some of the nation's most important work for some of its most measly pay. Unfortunately, this has been an ongoing trend for decades, but now it may have reached a boiling point as teachers quit at the fastest rate on record.

The Wall Street Journal reports that teachers quit at a rate of 83 departures for every 10,000 teachers per month. While this is lower than the national average of departures due to the noted job stability of teaching, the departures are still the fastest in the 17 years since the statistics started being recorded.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the Federal Commission on School Safety report during a roundtable discussion with family members of shooting victims, along with state and local officials, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on December 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump tried to justify his proposal to arm teachers by claiming that teachers want to carry guns in order to protect their students out of love.

"It’s critical to have armed personnel available at a moment’s notice," Trump said at a roundtable discussion about gun violence in schools. "These are teachers in many cases that are the highest trained that you can get."

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