Developing a better understanding of school shootings is an important first step in developing policies to make schools safer and prevent these tragedies. Creating a federal definition of “school shooting” and requiring an annual report on associated school crimes would help inform policy that affects school shootings. This would in turn lead to policies that are more effective at keeping students safe.
This bill is a band-aid solution that won’t actually do anything to address the problem of school shootings. The causes of school shootings are already understood enough to develop policies to address them. Rather than wasting the federal government’s time and resources on yet more reports on this issue, it’d be better to develop and implement policies to actually keep students safe.