In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut the National PTA has issued a statement saying that its position on gun-free schools remains the same:
National PTA has a long history of advocating for the safety of our nation’s children and supports federal efforts to protect them from gun violence. In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our position remains unchanged. We encourage Congress to enact federal laws to restrict access to firearms and improve school safety.
Recently, The New York Times quoted National PTA® President Betsy Landers further explaining our resolve: “National PTA advocates for specific provisions to restrict access to firearms. Rights guaranteed by the Constitution, such as free speech and private property, have certain reasonable restrictions to protect the freedom and safety of our fellow citizens, and the same principle should apply to the Second Amendment. National PTA believes that in order to achieve an effective school climate, schools must be completely gun-free. Parents, educators, community members, and government must prioritize this issue to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.”