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Message from MTA President Paul Toner about Newtown tragedy

 
Words cannot express how shocked and saddened all of us at the MTA are about the tragic shooting deaths in Newtown, Connecticut.
 
We know that you share our grief over the senseless loss of life, share our pride in the brave educators who defended their young students, and share our desire to take a stand against violence in our schools and our communities.
 
Below are MTA and NEA Resolutions concerning the regulation of deadly weapons. In the coming days and weeks, we will be exploring options for taking positions consistent with these resolutions.

Many have written and called to ask how they can support the affected families and the Newtown community in this time of need and how we can come together to make sure this type of senseless violence does not occur again. We will be reaching out to the NEA, the AFT and other national organizations – and to political leaders – to channel our collective anger, sadness and desire for positive change. There are links to the NEA and other resources on our website at http://www.massteacher.org/news/archive/2012/newtown.aspx

 
MTA Resolution
 
I-13 Gun-Free Schools and the Regulation of Deadly Weapons
 
The Massachusetts Teachers Association believes that all students and education employees must be allowed to learn and work in an environment free of unauthorized guns and other deadly weapons. Severe penalties should be enacted and strenuously enforced for criminal actions involving guns and other deadly weapons, especially in school settings, and for those who profit from the illegal sale, importation, and distribution of these weapons. The Association also believes that individuals who bring guns or deadly weapons to school should be excluded from school and school grounds until such time as the mandated prescribed intervention under both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Massachusetts law has been conducted.
 
The Association further believes that strict prescriptive regulations are necessary for the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale and resale of handguns and ammunition magazines. The possession by the private sector of automatic weapons and military-style semiautomatic assault weapons should be illegal, except for historical and collection purposes, which must be strictly regulated. A mandatory waiting period for a background check should occur prior to the sale of all firearms. The Association believes that minors shall not be allowed to buy, own, or sell firearms.
 
The Association also believes that gun owners should participate in educational programs that stress responsible ownership, including safe use and storage of guns. (82, 99, 01)
 
NEA Resolution
 
I-34. Gun-Free Schools and the Regulation of Deadly Weapons
The National Education Association believes that all students and education employees must be allowed to learn and work in an environment free of unauthorized guns and other deadly weapons. Severe penalties should be enacted and strenuously enforced for criminal actions involving guns and other deadly weapons, especially in school settings, and for those who profit from the illegal sale, importation, and distribution of these weapons. The Association also believes that individuals who bring guns or deadly weapons to school should be excluded from school and school grounds until undergoing mandatory prescribed intervention.
 
The Association further believes that strict prescriptive regulations are necessary for the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale and resale of handguns and ammunition magazines. The possession by the private sector of automatic weapons and military-style semiautomatic assault weapons should be illegal, except for historical and collection purposes, which must be strictly regulated. A mandatory background check and a mandatory waiting period should occur prior to the sale of all firearms. The Association believes that minors shall not be allowed to buy, own, or sell firearms.
 
The Association also believes that gun owners should participate in educational programs that stress responsible ownership, including safe use and storage of guns. (1982, 2003)