February 21, 2014 at 2:57 AM
In Madison, NJ, residents recently received Nixle Alerts concerning their high school's plans to conduct a training exercise of "various scenarios consisting of active shooter, barricaded suspect and emergency response to the school" while school was not in session. The police department assured residents that there was "no need to be alarmed."
Unfortunately, there is indeed cause for alarm.
There have been 44 school shootings since the tragedy in Newtown. In 2014 we have had 16 school shootings already. There is indeed cause for alarm.
Congress has done nothing to keep our children and their teachers safer in their own schools. In fact, though a strong majority of the public supports expanded background checks, Congress has failed to act.
These drills are becoming more routine while Congress is failing to do anything to prevent an active shooter in the first instance. Preparation for tragedy in our schools, while necessary, must not be a substitute for addressing the easy availability of guns that contributes to our country's epidemic.
Chapter Leader for the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America