Members of the National Governors’ Association will form a bi-partisan working group to address gun violence after last month’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Arkansas Republican Governor and the Association’s chairman, Asa Hutchinson, and New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, the group’s vice chair, sent a letter to the White House Friday announcing they will set up a group of six to 10 governors in order to come up with recommendations to keep schools safe.
“It is our hope that the task force can provide suggestions to keep our schools and communities safe in a manner that is consistent with the demands of the American people, who overwhelmingly support gun safety measures,” the governors’ letter read. “We can all agree that there are commonsense ways to prevent these tragic events, and we must work together to do everything in our collective power to protect our communities and our most vulnerable citizens – our children.”
This week, the House of Representatives passed a series of measures to regulate the sale of guns, including barring the sales of automatic weapons to those under 21. But Republican opposition in the Senate suggests the bill has little chance of passing.
The shooting at a primary school in Uvalde, Texas, last month claimed the lives of 21 people, including 19 children.
With Post wires