Kristen Varjas

Rachel Wilson / Safe Havens International Staff

In the past few days, both U.S. senators from Georgia have announced legislation aimed at curbing mass violence.

Outgoing Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson is splitting with some members of his party. His bill would give the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ongoing funding to research mass shootings.  That’s despite a provision to stop such funding passed by congress in the 1990s under the strong influence of the National Rifle Association.

Meanwhile, Sen. David Perdue is teaming up with his Democratic colleague, Doug Jones of Alabama on a bill called “The School Safety Clearinghouse Act” which would fund a federal information hub.


Senator David Perdue has a new plan to create a clearinghouse of information to help schools enhance security, and Senator Isakson has a new bill that would fund research of mass violence at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Join the director of Georgia State University’s Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management, Kristen Varjas, and Executive Director of Safe Havens International, Michael Dorn, for a discussion of the plans and the issues that surround them.