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December 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Seattle school board head calls for assault-weapon ban

Seattle School Board President Kay Smith-Blum disagreed with the NRA’s proposal  to put armed guards in the schools, and called for a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

“Statistics show clearly that even when armed guards are present it doesn’t necessarily prevent significant violence from happening,” she said.

“My thought – and I believe most of my counterparts in various districts across the nation – would be that the very first step should be to ban assault weapons . . .  Those weapons create a significant risk to all of our communities,  schools included.”

Smith-Blum added,  “Even with the security system at Sandy Hook, even with protocols, someone with an assault weapon in their hands was able to force their way into that school and create this horrific situation . . . As a nation, we need to have a serious conversation around what the Second Amendment really means.”

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