Atlanta School System Passes Resolution to Promote Gun Safety in Homes

(CNN) – The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS) is taking action to promote gun safety in homes. Less than a week after four students were fatally shot and seven others injured in a high school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, the Atlanta School Board has voted and passed a resolution to to promote the safe and responsible storage of firearms.

APS will work with nonprofits, health agencies and local law enforcement agencies to promote safe storage of firearms in homes, which research shows can reduce up to to 85% the risk of accidental firearm injuries in children and adolescents when firearms are secured, according to the resolution.

Prior to the vote, Board Chairman Jason F. Esteves said the resolution would be a “commitment by APS to work with community members and partners” to educate our community about safe storage. firearms,” while explaining how many of the guns used to commit crimes were stolen from vehicles from homes where they were unsecured.

“One of the easiest and most effective ways to get guns off the streets, prevent youth suicides and prevent school shootings is to ask parents and family members to stockpile their guns safely and to promote responsible gun ownership,” Esteves said at the meeting. Monday.

In a statement to CNN, Esteves said the board believes it is important to pass a resolution that promotes safe and responsible gun storage.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in incidents involving firearms and children, both nationally and in Atlanta. The APS School Board wanted to do its part to help reduce the number of incidents by reminding parents and community members of the importance of storing weapons safely. We hope this will turn into an annual campaign encouraging our stakeholders to practice responsible gun ownership,” he said.

“School districts across the country need to take action to promote safe storage, like Atlanta did tonight, as they ask – how can we stop school shootings from happening here,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, in an Everytown for Gun Safety group advocacy press release after the vote.

The nine-member council voted unanimously to pass the resolution.

Jeremy S. McLain