WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined a group of her Republican colleagues in introducing the Restoring, Enhancing, Strengthening, and Promoting Our Nation’s Safety Efforts (RESPONSE) Act, legislation containing provisions to reduce mass violence and make communities safer.
“The RESPONSE Act is full of proactive, commonsense measures that will empower law enforcement and schools to better prevent mass shootings,” Senator Capito said. “At the same time, by expanding resources for mental health, we’re working to address the root of this problem and supporting at-risk individuals as they get the help they need.”
“I spent time with families and victims in El Paso and Midland-Odessa following those tragedies and pledged to work with my Senate colleagues on real solutions,” Senator Cornyn said. “Congress passed my Fix NICS Act after the shooting in Sutherland Springs, but more needs to be done. I urge my colleagues to come together once again to pass the RESPONSE Act to help prevent mass shootings and put a stop to this senseless loss of life.”
“The mass shootings that have taken place across our country are heartbreaking,” Senator McSally said. “We can and should do more to prevent these awful tragedies. The RESPONSE Act would give law enforcement additional resources to identify potentially dangerous people, improve access to mental health treatment for those who need it, and make our schools safer.”
“We must do everything we can to ensure the safety of North Carolinians and help prevent mass violence,” Senator Tillis said. “We cannot leave anything to chance. The RESPONSE Act provides proactive solutions to provide better access to mental health care treatment, provide more tools and resources for our schools, and improve the information law enforcement has to stop acts of imminent violence.”
“We need to find solutions to the violence we’ve seen across the county, and we can do that while protecting our constitutional rights. This bill takes a step in the right direction towards making sure our schools are safe and well-equipped; our law enforcement has the necessary tools and information to stop these actions; and, our families, friends, and neighbors have access to mental and behavioral health treatment,” Senator Ernst said.
“South Carolina knows all too well the heartache and pain of mass shootings,” Senator Scott said. “Passing the RESPONSE Act would be another responsible step towards preventing mass shootings, giving new tools to law enforcement officers, and expanding mental health treatment.”
The RESPONSE Act is endorsed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National District Attorneys Association, Treatment Advocacy Center, Fraternal Order of Police, National Association of Police Organizations, National Sheriffs Association, and Major Cities Chiefs.
Specifically, the legislation would help prevent future attacks by:
Giving New Tools to Law Enforcement
Expanding Resources for Mental Health Treatment
Bolstering School Safety for Students and Teachers
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