Minimum age rules for firearm purchases don't reduce violence, Trump's school safety panel says

A commission established by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE to analyze school safety released a report Tuesday that said minimum age restrictions for firearm purchases do not reduce gun violence.

"The existing research findings on the efficacy of current minimum age of firearm purchase laws do not support the conclusion that those laws have a measurable impact on reducing homicides, suicides, or unintentional deaths," the commission wrote. "Analyses of completed school shootings indicate that school shooters do not frequently use legal purchase as a method for obtaining firearms. More often, they obtain them from within the home or steal them."

The Federal Commission on School Safety's report argued that all school personnel get safety training, but did not go as far as recommending that all teachers should be armed. Instead, it said each school should determine whether "arming some specially selected and trained school personnel" is appropriate as a "deterrent."


"Training personnel, hardening schools, and engaging the community are all important tools to protect against school violence and to mitigate its effects," the commission wrote. "Training applies to teachers, school staff, school resource officers (SROs), and state, local, and tribal law enforcement."

The Departments of Homeland Security, Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services coordinated on the report, which included recommendations to improve situations at schools, such as "creating a positive school climate, combatting cyberbullying, ensuring rating systems allow parents to fully assess the appropriateness of entertainment their children are consuming, and establishing 'No Notoriety' practices in the wake of shootings."

There have been 24 harmful school shootings in 2018, resulting in 35 deaths and 79 people being injured, according to figures published by Education Week.