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#994
A 7/12/2018 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum question for all Republican candidates:
What legislation would you propose to improve the safety of Livingston County students, and how would you fund it?

We need to be smart about things. Metal detectors, we have to look at this as a domestic terrorism issue, not as a purely gun issue. You have to look at surveillance, you have to look at whistle-blowing. If someone says on Facebook that they're going to kill people, there has to be a way to tell police and have that be taken very seriously. We can't legislate guns out of this equation, people will switch to other weapons. If they're going to kill people, they will.

As to funding, we need to fund schools more than we are now, across the board, no exceptions. Not just for safety, but for education. This is a serious issue, and it's just going to be a matter of time. You have to look at the stress these kids are under, you have to look at the whole picture, this has to be a holistic problem, it's very complex. There's not one answer, it's going to take a lot. It's going to take a lot of time, and we have to use metrics to decide what's working.
#1002
A 7/12/2018 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum question for all Republican candidates:
What legislation would you propose to improve the safety of Livingston County students, and how would you fund it?

We need to take, you're right, we need to take a look at the system in a holistic manner. We haven't had a child die in a fire in the United States in the last 15 years but we're still holding fire drills. We've only just started, actually, doing drills for active shooters, that's something very important that we have to train our kids for. Teaching them to sit under a desk is not the solution. We need to understand that people who are willing to murder a child don't care whether or not there's a new law, that it's already illegal.

We're got a mental health crisis in this state and we're already funding a committee, Representative Vaupel is actually one of the co-chairs on that, so take a look at that, to see how we can better address that issue. We've added the highest funding amount increase in almost two decades, and then there's no restrictions on this so the schools have the freedom to spend their money the way they want to spend it. We added 58 million dollars to help strengthen school safety, that's going to be used for things like making sure there's only one entry way into the school. We need to reach out to organizations like Templar Life Safety, they're right in Brighton, to teach us how…

Moderator: OK, thank you very much, and we'll move on to our final question for tonight in this race.