|January 3, 2023 11:45 AM
|Representative Scott Conklin
|All House members
|Help First Responders Protect Our Children
|Gun violence and school shootings are a uniquely American epidemic. Each day 12 children die from gun violence in America. Another 32 are shot and injured. Nationwide, there were 50 school shootings in 2022 alone. 139 people were killed or injured in a school shooting in 2022, including incidents in Erie, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Active shooter incidents are among the most dangerous calls that a police officer can respond to, especially when those active shooters are in a school.
It is our legislative duty to ensure that law enforcement and other first responders going into these dangerous situations have every tool and all possible information available at their disposal. To that end, in the near future, I will introduce legislation to require that schools in Pennsylvania provide the Pennsylvania State Police or, based on jurisdiction, their municipal police department, with current blueprints of each school building. Further, this legislation will require that schools provide local law enforcement with updated blueprints as changes are made to the building layout.
Providing this information to local law enforcement is a major step in the right direction, as we seek to ensure that law enforcement has every tool and all possible information at their disposal to put a quick end to school active shooter incidents.
Seconds count in saving lives. Please join me in making our schools safer by co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1260