- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Rep. John Rutherford said Wednesday that the bipartisan bill he’s proposing would take immediate steps to make schools safer.

“The focus of my bill is really that one area where we could really take some bipartisan action right now to make those schools safer,” Mr. Rutherford, Florida Republican, said.

“What secures our children in that school is someone on those grounds — a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. We need that now,” he added.

Mr. Rutherford, along with Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch proposed the Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Act. The bill aims to implement an FBI and Secret Service school assessment on the protocol for threats and school shootings. The bill also includes a provision creating a program to train students and teachers on how to identify and intervene during a threat.

“One size does not fit all in that situation,” Mr. Rutherford said of tackling school violence.

The bill comes in thewake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. Gun control has been a big topic of debate in the aftermath since the suspected gunman used a semi-automatic AR-15.

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