SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The Southborough K-8 School Committee signed a letter Monday calling on Congress to strengthen gun control laws after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Feb. 13 letter will be sent to U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Mo Cowan, all Democrats. The letter is part of a broader effort by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which is lobbying for the following changes:
- Ban the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons.
- Ban the sale and possession of high-capacity magazines.
- Require every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check.
"Given that we support local school committees to make informed decisions regarding school security and that these decisions should be made at the local level, the Southborough K-8 School Committee urges the rejection of the NRA assertion that staffing schools with armed security personnel is the most effective strategy for protecting our children," the letter said.
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and state Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) will also receive copies of the letter.