Offbeat McConnell: There's not much the federal government can do to respond to school shootings

23:47  03 july  2018
23:47  03 july  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Image: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference"I don't think at the federal level there's much that we can do [to address school shootings] other than appropriate funds," McConnell said at an event with community leaders in the city of Danville.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn't think the federal government can do much to respond to school shootings.

"I don't think at the federal level there's much that we can do other than appropriate funds," McConnell said at an event with community leaders in the city of Danville during Congress's Fourth of July week-long recess, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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But perhaps part of the reason Congress hasn't fully addressed the rising tide of shootings is that the federal government lacks basic research into which solutions work best. The NRA did not respond to ABC News' repeated requests for comment. The organization spent more than .2 million on

I also absolutely believe the government should do more to prevent such incidents. I study the kind of aggressive childhood behavior that often predates school shootings . Here are 10 actions we can all take while the federal government drags its heels. They are also on hand to respond quickly if crime or violence erupts.

The Kentucky Republican also said that improvements to school security might be the best solution — though, he added, Congress could do little on that front either.

"You would think, given how much it takes to get on an American plane or given how much it takes to get into courthouses, that this might be something that we could achieve, but I don't think we could do that from Washington, I think it's basically a local decision," he said.

"It's a darn shame that's where we are, but this epidemic is something that's got all of our attention," he added. "And I know it's got the attention of every school superintendent in the country."

His comments Tuesday came days after the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., where five people were killed.

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Even the federal government defines and counts mass shootings in inconsistent and murky ways. Starting in 2008, the FBI limited its definition of mass shootings to a single incident in which a shooter kills four or more people, according to the criminologist Frederic Lemieux

Here are 10 actions we can all take while the federal government drags its heels. Even if they don’t respond , your interest demonstrates that you’re there for them. More security measures won’t stop mass shootings in schools .

The GOP-controlled Congress has opposed Democratic calls to pass tighter gun laws such as universal background checks. The last major government spending package Trump signed into law in March, in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., included a provision that aimed to improve state compliance with the national background check system for gun purchases.

The bill also provided more than $2 billion for school safety, far more than the $50 million the House passed in the STOP School Violence Act, and more than the $100 million in the Senate version of a similar bill. Democrats had argued that the $2 billion figure is Republican spin because that total includes money for programs that already exist. The measure did not provide money for arming teachers.

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