On School Safety: Wolf Makes Excuses; Wagner Proposes Solutions
On Monday, 2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and Governor Wolf each made comments related to school safety in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida. The contrast between their sentiments, however, could not be more clear.
“When it comes to the safety of Pennsylvania’s children, Scott Wagner is putting forward bold solutions, while Governor Wolf continues to put the responsibility on someone else,” said campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo. “People may disagree with the ideas Scott has to make our schools more secure, but they cannot deny that he wants to address the issue with the utmost sense of urgency. The number one responsibility of the Governor is to protect the people of Pennsylvania, and it’s unacceptable that Governor Wolf believes his hands are tied on the issue.”
Wagner made school safety the focus of his address to the Pennsylvania Press Club. As City and State reported, “Wagner laid out a multifaceted approach to ensuring school shootings in Pennsylvania would not occur should he become governor. Prime among his plans, he called for an increase in funding for mental health treatment, raising mandatory-minimum sentences for gun-related crimes, putting trained armed security guards in every school, making state money available for safe school initiatives, ensuring thorough background checks are conducted, and putting each school through a ‘high-level’ security assessment.” (City and State, 2/26/18)
Wolf, on the other hand, in an interview with KDKA yesterday, minimized his responsibility for keeping Pennsylvania children safe. As KDKA reported, “Wolf says it’s really up to Congress and the feds — not the states — on most gun safety issues…‘I just don’t understand how a state on its own can do these things. I think these are really federal issues,’ (Wolf) said.” (KDKA, 2/26/18)
Below is some of the coverage from Wagner’s school safety speech.
The Associated Press: GOP governor hopeful, wants death penalty for school shooters
City and State: Wagner attacks Wolf on school safety, opioids, taxes and more
LNP: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner: School shooters should get mandatory death penalty
WITF: Wagner calls for mandatory death penalties for school shooters
Daily Caller: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate: ‘If Someone Kills One Of Our Children, We Will Kill Them’
The Hill: Pa. GOP gubernatorial candidate calls for death penalty for school shooters