Senator Wyden Q&A
February 23, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Lauren Murphy
U.S. Sen Ron Wyden made his stance on arming teachers clear: he’s against it.
“We need airtight, loophole free background checks for every gun sale in America,” he said in a town hall meeting that started around 9:40 am today. “Keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have guns. What a quaint idea.”
In light of the recent Parkland High School shooting, many concerns were brought up about school safety.
Wyden’s response was to take federal funding from the “$25 billion wall that defies common sense,” and put it towards increased funding for armed, trained professionals in our school system to keep students safe.
The topic of guns was a common thread that ran through the questions.
“Teachers are for teaching,” Wyden said. He made the analogy of ministers going to church with their robes, Bibles and Glocks.
Another issue Wyden addressed was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamers. Recently a bill failed in Congress that would give extra money to border security in exchange for protection for Dreamers.
Wyden said he would personally “stay at it, get justice for the Dreamers.”
He said that Dreamers are people who grew up in Oregon. They went to school, and worked jobs in Oregon, and boosted the economy. Wyden’s view of the failed bill was that President Donald Trump was in effect saying the sending Dreamers back to the country where they are originally from is more important than the U.S. economy they help support.
The town hall meeting brought a gathering of about 45 community members and an estimated 200 McNary High School students.