After mass shootings, GOP focuses on fortifying schools

More than 600 children and adults have been killed or injured at school by gun violence since the Columbine.
A balloon with names of the victims is seen at a memorial at the entrance to The Covenant School on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

As Nashville reels from yet another deadly school shooting, lawmakers in at least a dozen states are considering bills that would put armed guards in schools, fund school security upgrades, and require schools to draw up safety plans.

Supporters of so-called school safety bills say that such precautions can help prevent the next massacre.

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