On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Active Shooter Alert Act. Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL07) voted in favor of the legislation. Congressman Barry Moore (R-AL02) opposed it.
“Sensationalizing violence specifically involving guns while ignoring the crime epidemic intensifying on their watch is a blatant attempt by Democrats to promote their anti-Second Amendment agenda, not the safety of Americans,” said Moore. “There are many reasons for the violence and crime in our society, but none of them will be solved by duplicative layers of federal bureaucracy. Washington Democrats must commit to honoring our Constitution and restoring the rule of law before our nation can hope to tackle these issues.”
The bill would establish a program similar to the AMBER Alert system, allowing law enforcement to effectively and efficiently alert the public during a shooting.
“The Active Shooter Alert Act is another common-sense measure to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic and save lives,” said Sewell. “This critical bill builds on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which I proudly voted for last month, by helping to keep people safe and informed during active shooter incidents. As we work to enact this urgently needed legislation, I will continue pushing for action to tackle gun violence and save lives!”
The Active Shooter Alert Act will establish an Active Shooter Alert Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Coordinator will offer state and local law enforcement officials voluntary access to training, technical support and advice for improving or implementing active shooter alert systems. These resources include guidance on the most effective alert content, delivery strategies and recommendations such as silencing alerts in the immediate vicinity of a shooter.
The legislation now moves to the Senate for their consideration.
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