Gov. Brian Sandoval on school safety

“Nevada families have experienced immeasurable loss following several violent and senseless tragedies. Ensuring the safety of our children in the classroom and providing campuses that are free from danger for all students, from our youngest scholars to those approaching graduation, is of paramount importance. This meeting should be the beginning of a frank and honest discussion on safe communities. I believe wholesale changes to gun laws should be made at the federal level so they are uniform across state lines. I also understand that suggested solutions have come from Washington related to school environment, specifically arming teachers and other faculty. While it’s important that Washington is aware of the crisis happening in our communities, these discussions must happen at a state and local level where the experts who best understand their districts can have meaningful input on policies that will affect their schools. The discussion with the superintendents will be the beginning of a dialogue and could lead to an executive order designating a commission on school safety that will expand this initial conversation and include students, teachers, parents, faculty and others who have the shared goal of prioritizing campus safety. This citizen group will eventually provide recommendations on possible action from the executive branch and inform the 2019 Legislature.”

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on guns

“Mass shootings in our schools, concert venues, movie theaters and other public places have become more and more frequent in America over the last few decades. And as death tolls continue to rise, many unanswered questions remain. The CDC is an important resource for us to understand the epidemic of gun violence happening in our country and how we can prevent more Americans from being killed by gun violence. I urge my colleagues to support this critical legislation as we work in Congress on more common-sense gun safety measures to protect our children, friends and family from the epidemic of senseless gun violence that is claiming far too many lives.”

Mass shooting survey results

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of 1,000 American adults finds that 54 percent of American adults believe the failure of government agencies to respond to numerous warning signs from the prospective killer is more to blame for the mass shooting. Thirty-three percent attribute the deaths more to a lack of adequate gun control. Eleven percent opt for something else.

  • Among Americans who have children of elementary or secondary school age, 61 percent think the government is more to blame. Just 23 percent of these adults fault a lack of adequate gun control more.
  • Ninety percent of all Americans say they have been following news reports about the Florida killings at least somewhat closely, with 53 percent who have been following Very Closely.