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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bush's "Duck and Cover" School Safety Strategy

Again ignoring to address protecting school children through prevention, Bush and administration members are planning to hold a School Safety conference that instead focuses on what to do when an attack happens and how to cope with one afterwards.

The conference is seen by many as a cosmetic act by a White House that has already stated that no new policy or funding will be announced at the event. This is just another opportunity for Bush to act like he really cares and is doing something. An example of how useless this event is, one of the main topics to be discussed is "Helping Communities Heal and Recover," a sure sign of the Bush administration throwing up its hands and acknowledging that it will happen again and there's nothing they can do about it.

To top it off, the Bushies ignored offers from any groups that support limited access to guns and/or the prevention of gun violence. Most notably, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence had written to Bush offering to help put together a "comprehensive" agenda for the conference, but received no reply from the White House. A spokesman for the group said "prevention clearly is not on the table for this conference."

The Peach isn't sure if the NRA was consulted for any pointers.

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