Giving Compass' Take:

• Jessica Campisi unpacks the changes that were made in the first year after the Parkland shooting, which brought school safety and gun violence to the fore of American conversation. 

• How can funders work to build on the progress that was made in the first year? Were any of these changes regressive? 

• Learn more about improving school safety

Here’s a look at some of what’s changed — and what hasn’t — since Feb. 14, 2018:


About a month after Parkland, Congress passed the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, which moved to fund safety training for schools, students and local law enforcement; anonymous reporting systems to disclose threats; and threat assessment and crisis intervention teams.

In December, the Trump administration issued a regulation to ban bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds from a semi-automatic weapon.

The federal government also increased funding for school safety measures in its fiscal 2019 budget.

Gun control and school safety policy didn’t just stem from the nation’s capital. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence tracked 1,638 firearm bills in 2018, with 67 gun safety laws enacted across 26 states and the District of Columbia. (All the information in this section was compiled by the Giffords Law Center.)

  • Seven states, including Florida, passed laws that address background checks, while four constricted minimum age laws that detail how old a person has to be to access and own firearms.
  • Policies surrounding bump stocks and other trigger activators were strengthened in nine states and the District of Columbia.
  • New Jersey, Vermont and D.C. passed legislation that either bans or increases penalties for certain-sized magazines.
  • Eight states and the District now allow family members, law enforcement or other community members to petition to keep at-risk individuals from accessing firearms.
  • In Delaware and New Jersey, laws now exist that take away firearms to individuals who are dangerous because of a mental illness.
  • Four states expanded laws that say who isn’t allowed to buy or own firearms.
  • Florida is one of nine states (others are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York and Rhode Island) that passed legislation to fund urban gun violence reduction programs.
    Vermont was the only state to ban unauthorized possession of guns in K-12 school buildings and on buses.

Read the full article about what has changed since the Parkland shooting by Jessica Campisi at Education Dive.