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ICYMI: Doug Mastriano Wants Guns in Schools

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Mastriano Goes Against Teachers — Promotes Dangerous Plan to Put Guns in Schools

New reporting details that in the wake of the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Doug Mastriano went on a tirade, blaming teachers and gun-free school zones for school shootings — despite research to the contrary. Mastriano also compared common-sense gun control efforts to Hitler and Nazi Germany:

The gubernatorial nominee made similar comments in 2018 as a state Senate candidate by provoking both sides of the Israel-Palestine debate, as originally reported by The Forward in May. During a debate, Mastriano contrasted gun-free schools with American and European airport security measures in the 1970s after attacks by the Palestinian Liberation Organization. He also compared gun control to Nazi policies of confiscating privately owned guns from Jewish citizens and political opponents. 

“We saw Lenin do the same thing in Russia. We saw Hitler do the same thing in Germany in the 30s,” Mastriano said at the 2018 debate. “Where does it stop?”

While studies show that Mastriano’s beliefs are false, that hasn’t stopped Mastriano from doubling down — even as teachers vocally speak out against his plan:

Pennsylvania’s state teacher union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, directly opposed Mastriano’s plan to arm teachers last month.

“The problem we have right now is a direct result of people bringing guns into schools,” Rich Askey, president of the PSEA, told WFMZ. “The last thing we need is more firearms in our classrooms creating even more opportunities for students and staff to be injured or killed.”

In case you missed it, check out this new reporting from The Heartland Signal on Doug Mastriano’s agenda to put guns in schools.