Iowa should focus on education after East High shooting

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that Iowa should focus on its education system, rather than changing gun laws, following a March 7 shooting at East High School in Des Moines that killed one teen and wounded two others. .

“I think the tragedy is that our system, our education system, is letting these kids down,” he said. “They should have been in school. We should find resources to help them stay there and help them get an education and a life where they can take care of themselves and their families.”

Reynolds, a Republican, made her comments to reporters after some Democratic lawmakers, pastors and gun safety advocates called Tuesday to toughen Iowa’s gun laws. Reynolds responded Wednesday that Iowa already has gun laws. and that the weapons used in the shooting had not been legally accessed.

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