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Few Concrete School Safety Measures Emerge from Colorado Delegation After Florida Shooting

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Federal lawmakers representing Southwest Colorado have given few responses on how to improve school safety after last week’s school shootings in Florida. After news broke of the shooting on February 14th, Republican Senator Cory Gardner wrote on Twitter that he was “heartbroken” for the students and family involved, and praying for first responders. But since then, he has released no public statement regarding the incident. A spokesperson for Democratic Senator Michael Bennet says he is also heartbroken. However, the senator does not believe thoughts are enough. While Bennett is “open” to some version of an assault weapons ban, his main priority is to make sure guns don’t get into the wrong hands. However, he does not plan to introduce any related legislation. Republican Congressman Scott Tipton’s Twitter feed was silent on the day of the shooting. He has not released any public statements about school safety or gun control since then, and did not return KSJD’s request for comment on Thursday.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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