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Sheriff Jenkins’ Thoughts on the National School Safety Discussion

March 12, 2018



President Trump has released his proposals for enhancing school safety. They include:


  • Hardening our schools: The Administration will make sure our schools are safe and secure—just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings—with better training and preparedness.

  • Strengthening background checks and prevention: President Trump is supporting legislation and reforms to strengthen the background checks system and law enforcement operations.

  • Reforming mental health programs: The President is proposing an expansion and reform of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.

  • Keeping the conversation going: In addition to these immediate actions, President Trump is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention.


President Trump’s policy proposals acknowledge the world as it is, and importantly, would commit resources to the fundamental causes of school violence, rather than to the diversion of gun control.


I am happy to see that President Trump has reconsidered the idea of establishing a minimum age of 21 to buy certain firearms. In addition to being