House Passes Bill to Create Alerts for Active Shooter Situations

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On Wednesday, the House passed a bipartisan bill to create an alert, similar to Amber Alerts for missing children, informing people of an active shooter. The bill, brought by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Fred Upton, R-Mich, head to the senate after being voted on 260-169. This comes after several deadly shootings within the past months and reignites the fight for gun control, which continues to be an intense debate across the country.

And although the active alert offers some solutions, the point would be to hopefully alert as many people as possible to spread the message and aims to keep people safe in the event of an active shooter, it continues to demonstrate a frustrating point of contention for many. For example, many find frustration in trying to assist people in case of an event of shooting but do nothing to eliminate shootings as a whole further.

One reporter noted that “The vast majority of House Republicans voted against it,” referring to the bill. Some wondered why people would vote against the bill, especially as it does nothing to regulate guns, and it does not seem clear as to why some voted against the bill. Representative Shontel Brown commented on Twitter, saying “Later today, I’m voting for The Active Shooter Alert Act. This is a life-saving bill which will allow local police departments the ability to send out safety alerts in the case of active shooter incident,” and said her top priority was keeping Americans safe.

Once passed, it began to trend online, especially as people posted who the voters against the bill were in an attempt to raise awareness. “The Active Shooter Alert Act is just another reminder that they are not willing to really address issues facing people. They are just here to alert you to the problems that they are unwilling to address,” Johnny Akzam wrote on twitter.


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