Obama Administration releases report detailing work on 23 Executive Actions laid out in January
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Obama Administration released a new progress report detailing the completion of or significant progress on 21 of the 23 executive actions President Obama laid out in January to help reduce gun violence, and the continuing work toward completing all twenty three. At an event at the White House today, Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the significant progress this Administration has made on strengthening the existing background check system, empowering law enforcement, making schools safer, encouraging responsible gun ownership, ending the freeze on gun violence research, preserving the rights of health providers to protect their patients and communities, and improving access to mental health care.
As part of this progress, the Vice President announced the fulfillment of two executive actions. The Departments of Education, Justice (led by the FBI), Homeland Security (led by FEMA), and Health and Human Services are jointly releasing guidance to schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship on how to work with first responders and other community partners to plan and prepare for emergencies such as active shooter situations, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
Additionally, the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice have expanded access to federal training on active shooter situations for law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with additional outreach, new online resources, improved training curricula, exercises with law enforcement at all FBI field offices, and DHS security briefings for 100 school districts across the country.
Additional information can be found via the below links.
Progress Report on Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence Click Here.
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: Click Here.
Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education: Click Here.
Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship: Click Here.
Washington, May 16 (EFE).-
The surviving suspect in the April 13 Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wrote a note claiming responsibility and citing U.S. action in Iraq and Afghanistan as the reason for the attack, CBS News reported Thursday.
Dzhokhar, 19, scrawled the message on the walls of the boat where he holed up after the gunbattle with police that resulted in the death of his brother and fellow suspect, 27-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, sources told John Miller of CBS.
The younger Tsarnaev, who was wounded in the shootout, may have written the note because he expected to die in the boat.
He is continuing to recover at a prison hospital in Massachusetts.
Dzhokhar characterized the Boston attack as a reprisal for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, describing the three people killed and more than 200 wounded in the blasts as "collateral damage."
"When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims," he wrote on the wall of the boat.
He also addressed Tamerlan's death, saying that he did not mourn his brother because the older man was a martyr in paradise.
Miller said the note will serve as evidence in Dzhokhar's trial.