What is a “velocity round”? You’ll have to ask the 100-odd students and teachers, sponsored by Gabby Giffords and her gang, who assembled in Washington, D.C., this past weekend to restrict our access to them.
The Student Gun Violence summit was designed to merge existing plans to reduce gun violence and merge them into a single “Students’ Bill of Rights,” after a weekend conference. The group, a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization, was formed by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Melissa Falkowski, along with Jami Amo, a survivor of the Columbine shooting; and Abbey Clements, a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School.
That fourteen-item “Bill of Rights” is such a spectacularly bizarre display of misinformation that we have reproduced it in full as published on the Student Gun Violence Summit website… just in case they wise up and realize they’re making fools of themselves. (Wishful thinking, yes).
Besides prohibiting the sale of “semi-automatic military style weapons that fire velocity rounds,” the demands include universal background checks, “red flag” laws, copious licensing, age restrictions, waiting periods and storage policies.
Here’s the full list:
Editor’s Note: As mentioned by astute commenters, the 14-item list below does not match the 15-item list in the embedded tweet. The 14-item list, however, was pasted directly from what was most recently posted on the official web page for the initiative.
1. Establish a school safety committee whose meetings are open to the public at every school equally composed of students, parents and faculty.
2. Provide immediate access to qualified counselors in safe spaces for students of all demographics at all levels of education.
3. Encourage all school personnel to foster positive relationships at all levels of education.
4. Provide professional development around mental health awareness and interventions for students, parents and faculty.
5. Require cultural competency and de-escalation trainings each quarter for law-enforcement provided by the local police department in conjunction with equity training organizations and companies.
— Karina Ruiz (@Ruizpdx) October 21, 2018
6. Implement equitable funding to traditionally under-resourced schools specifically allocated for after school programs open to students and youth under 25 in the community year-round.
7. Support marginalized communities by educating and recognizing systemic and institutional oppressions, as well as implement programs that remedy the inequities for those marginalized communities.
8. Allocate sufficient funding for mental health programs including, but not limited to, school-based safety and security initiatives; violence intervention programs; healthcare services, including counseling and mental health evaluations, to be provided by a trained racially and culturally diverse team of mental health professionals.
9. Reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness by educating students and faculty on mental health; establishing support networks such as peer counseling; creating pathways for anonymous reporting, identification and intervention of at-risk youth based on mental health and Alternative Childhood Experiences (ACE) evaluations.
10. Require all gun dealers, sellers and owners to report stolen guns; prohibit the sale under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of semi-automatic military style weapons that fire velocity rounds, bump stocks and other accessories that alter the original firing capacity of a firearm.
11. Require universal background checks before all gun purchases; eliminate loopholes by connecting local, state, and federal databases of prohibited purchasers; require a minimum mandatory waiting period of 10 days to purchase a firearm; and raise the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 with exceptions for responsible training, like military service.
12. Promote responsible gun ownership by requiring safe storage policies and modeling gun licensing after drivers’ licensing (i.e. application, testing, etc.).
13. Invest in reducing gun violence by funding Center for Disease Control (CDC) research.
14. Ensure people who pose a heightened risk to community safety, such as domestic abusers, don’t have access to guns by allowing extreme risk protection orders where family members, law enforcement, mental health professionals, educators, intimate partners and former intimate partners can petition the court to disarm the abuser.
For our part, we at TTAG find the use of children to promote political agendas to be despicable.