My full remarks: “Our children depend on us to keep them safe. I support common sense gun reform that reduces the risk of gun violence while protecting 2nd amendment rights.
Allowing school boards to establish their own firearm policies is smart. I believe guns on school grounds should be limited to law enforcement resource officers and security forces. Allowing just anyone to have guns in schools introduces the risks of an untrained individual mishandling the weapon and causing harm, as well as a child finding the weapon and accidental discharge.
We recently voted to reinstate a rule not to allow guns on the floor of the NH House. This rule is very limited in scope and would require legislators to check their guns with security services in the House before entering the chamber. It was a common sense, practical measure to keep our legislators safe. One could imagine the chaos of potentially hundreds of armed State Representatives attempting to open or return fire with a gunman. It would be chaos and likely result in significant collateral harm and friendly fire. Further, with so many potential shooters, it would be difficult for our security forces to determine who the bad guy was.
In specific settings like our House Chamber and schools, I believe it is safer to have armed security centralized in capable, trained hands. We do this in courtrooms and airports for good reason.
The late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia agreed. In the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision regarding gun rights he specified, “…nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings…”.
At his inauguration today, I was glad to hear Governor Sununu acknowledge our highest in the nation pediatric cancer rate and pledge to take action. We must get to the bottom of it and protect our children.