American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten co-authored an op-ed today with Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers in the News-Times of Danbury, Conn., to plead for new gun control regulations. The column marks the 6-month anniversary of the Newtown shootings.

The op-ed is titled: “Honor the ‘innocent children and brave educators.’” In it, they write:

Dec. 14 was a tragic day. In that tragedy, we saw the true character of educators and school staff. And we were forced to confront the very real, very serious need to marshal every resource we can to make our schools safe sanctuaries.

That need is still very real and we cannot let the urgency we felt in the days after the shooting fade with time.

We need to follow the lead of Connecticut on the national level and enact commonsense gun legislation that also respects and values the Second Amendment. We can preserve the rights of hunters and sportsmen, and still keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t be armed and prevent deadly assaults with weapons that can fire six bullets per second, like the one used at Sandy Hook.