The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 was passed with Walden’s support in reaction to the Parkland school shootings. However, it did not ban automatic weapons as the students had advocated. Instead, it authorized $50 million annually for state and local schools to train teachers and administrators how to use guns, provide for school/law enforcement cooperation, help make schools safer and how to implement an anonymous reporting system for anyone who observes signs someone is about to commit violence.
Walden has taken nearly $40,000 from the NRA (National Rifle Association) during his time in Congress, and has an “A” rating. In 2014 Walden bought into the NRA’s notion that the UN Arms Trade Treaty was a backhanded loophole around the Second Amendment and voted to deny it funding. In reality its aim was to close gaps in existing regional and national laws in order to combat the illicit international trade of arms. There was nothing in it that regulated firearms sold inside individual countries.
Walden also voted to ban the use of funds for research into gun deaths he called “anti-gun studies” and voted against banning lead in ammunition, and voted to speed up “burdensome” paperwork involved in buying guns. Lead was killing bald eagles who ingested animals, such as ground squirrels, shot by hunters. Walden chose hunters ability to choose the ammunition they want to use over our national symbol.
In 2016 Walden did help pass the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law by President Obama. It included funding for active-shooter training for law-enforcement, and mental health intervention. It also included funds to help support care for children recovering from trauma. It did not ban any kind of gun that might keep children from suffering from trauma in the first place.
The bump-stock ban Walden said he favored after the Las Vegas shootings has stalled in Congress.
Walden has a long history of being the NRA’s best friend, since voting to prohibit product misuse lawsuits against gun manufacturers, voting to decrease waiting periods for people buying guns, voting for cross-state concealed carry, voting to loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases, and cosponsoring a bill denying a district authority to enact laws, such as the trigger-lock law, that “discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms. His history makes him no friend of people who are still concerned about the terrible frequency of mass shootings in the United States.