According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, there isn’t much the federal government can do when it comes to school shootings – it’s up to individual school districts to take aim at the problem.
NBC News reported McConnell’s remarks Tuesday, which came during a meeting with community leaders in Danville earlier in the day.
“I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds.”
“You would think, given how much it takes to get on an American plane or given how much it takes to get into courthouses, that this might be something that we could achieve, but I don’t think we could do that from Washington, I think it’s basically a local decision,” he said.
“It’s a darn shame that’s where we are, but this epidemic is something that’s got all of our attention,” he added. “And I know it’s got the attention of every school superintendent in the country."
Senate Democrats disagree with the Kentucky Republican, pushing for changes to federal gun laws such as instituting a universal background checks, but Republicans have been unresponsive to such calls.