Concord, N.H. - One day after 17 children were gunned down at their school in Parkland, Florida, Governor Sununu gave his State of the State speech where he preached about the need for safer schools without once mentioning gun safety. One of Sununu's first legislative priorities when taking office was passing a concealed carry law. Just last week, New Hampshire Republicans blocked a bill that would have banned bump stocks and had previously introduced a bill that would prohibit towns from banning guns at their schools.
House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff released the following statement:
"Yesterday, Governor Sununu outlined a plan to make New Hampshire's schools the safest in the country, but it didn’t include a single line about gun safety. Last Friday, Governor Sununu said he didn't see any need to pass a law that banned guns in schools.
In fact, Governor Sununu has rejected multiple common sense proposals like banning bump stocks while passing a concealed carry bill that New Hampshire policy chiefs call ‘dangerous.’ 17 kids were gunned down yesterday, and it makes me sick to my stomach that we are not discussing a solution to the 239 school shootings that have happened since Sandy Hook in 2012.
As a veteran and former U.S. Marshal I worked with guns most of my adult life. I know that the last place a weapon should be, especially modern semi-automatic weapons, is inside a school. There is no piece of legislation that will stop every gun death, but the least we can do is try. Let's ask our legislators to summon the courage to take action and stop these needless deaths.”