Governor Cooper talks workforce preparation at PCC

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

Cooper posted a blog on Medium Wednesday, the same day that thousands of American high school students organized walkouts to protest gun violence on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla. mass shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Under current North Carolina law, anyone who wants to buy a handgun has to get a pistol permit from their local sheriff.

He said he wants to raise the age to buy an assault weapon to 21.

"This system allows time for appropriate checks to take place before someone can legally buy a handgun".

"We should keep our schools free of guns", Cooper said. But our law has a glaring loophole since this background check and permit process isn't required to buy an assault weapon like an AR-15, the weapon used in Parkland. The governor said he is also directing the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to make sure their emergency response plans are in order.

"To ensure that we are doing our part to make background checks more effective, I've directed the State Bureau of Investigation to undertake a comprehensive inventory of the quality of information our state shares with the federal background check system".

He says, "This is a funding issue and I've said it time and time again, that as we put together our budget for the state, education has to be the priority, and if it's not we're going to find ourselves behind". Cooper said the expansion would allow for better diagnosis and treatment of people with mental illness and could turn violent.

Making mental health care more accessible.

Cooper says, "As innovation continues to move forward we have to constantly be re-training ourselves and re-training the workforce".

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