Idaho students pushed for a resolution on gun safety. Lawmakers wouldn’t introduce it

Idaho students pushed for a resolution on gun safety. Lawmakers wouldn’t introduce it

The Idaho House of Representatives meets, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Lawmakers called themselves back into session to put forward about three dozen bills dealing with COVID-19 vaccine requirements. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler) (Keith Ridler) For months, Idaho high school students worked with state lawmakers to craft a resolution on gun violence. They prepared emotional testimony on losing family or friends to suicide, feelings of numbness to active shooter drills, and fears they had when their loved ones struggling with mental health had access to firearms. They expected to read it before a committee of legislators. But the students never got the chance to share those stories publicly. Students said they were frustrated and disappointed that what they viewed as a reasonable resolution failed to get introduced. They’d spent weeks meeting with state legislators, many of whom they said were supportive and excited about the students’ involvement. The draft resolution acknowledged the importance of the Second Amendment and the Idaho Constitution, recognized the impact of “preventable tragedies” and encouraged “responsible firearm safety and safe storage.” “I think to us, it just feels so simple. This (resolution) literally is just acknowledging that there are people dying, and that we should care about this,” said Amaia Clayton, a student at Renaissance High School in Meridian. “And then it immediately gets turned into a political issue.” Resolution acknowledges impact of gun violence Last fall, the group of students worked on a bill that would have required licensing for […]

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