5 Ways the Trump Budget Undermines Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety Efforts
In his address to the nation the day after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and teachers and injured another 14, #45 vowed to take action, stating that he would soon hold meetings with governors and attorneys general in which “making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority.” However, the president’s actions have already spoken louder than these hollow words. Just two days before the shooting, his administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget, which proposed cutting funding to crucial programs that help prevent gun violence and ensure school safety.
Below are five ways that the Trump budget undermines efforts to reduce gun violence and keep our nation’s students safe.
1. Cuts funding to grant programs that help states get records into the background check system
2. Cuts funding to programs to improve school safety, climate, and responding to violence
3. Eliminates funding for safe and healthy students
4. Eliminates before- and after-school and summer programs for students
5. Continues restrictions on funding public health research into gun violence
By Chelsea Parsons and Scott Sargrad, Center for American Progress