John Ashcroft on Families & Children
Former Attorney General; Former Republican Senator (MO)
A. The assault on the American family is the number one challenge facing our nation’s children. Social scientists have documented the fact that children raised in strong, supportive families have lower incidences of crime, addiction, abuse, illness, and underachievement. That is why in the Senate I have focused on access to affordable health care for families, welfare reform that rewards work and family formation, flexible work schedules that enable parents to be at home when it counts the most, marriage tax relief and a $500 per child tax credit so that parents can decide family priorities, and improving educational opportunities.
A. As a parent and grandparent, I believe the most important thing we can do to protect children from such risk is to increase parental involvement. Accidental firearms deaths, while decreasing, are still too high. We must be ever vigilant in monitoring the horrific graphic violence of television and movies to which our children are routinely exposed. Congress can help parents by making safety education available, encouraging the sale of safe storage devices currently sold with most firearms, and limiting unsupervised access to firearms. The Administration can help by strictly enforcing current laws to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and out of schools.
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