Mass shootings at schools to unintended child gun deaths to firearm suicides, these stories have become all too common. The gun violence incidences have reached epidemic levels in our nation. We can argue about the historical context of our 2nd Amendment, but the challenges we face today require 21st century solutions. We may not end gun violence today, but we can take common sense steps to make our nation safe and secure for all of us.
Expanding Background Checks
- 97% of people in America support strong background checks (including the majority of NRA members).
- Gaps in the law enable felons, those on the terror watch list, and people with a history of domestic abuse to purchase guns.
- Require private sellers online and at gun shows to follow the same laws as licensed dealers.
The Gun Lobby
- The Gun Lobby has worked to prevent common sense laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
- They have fought to prevent Congress from providing any funding for research on gun violence.
- In 2014, the gun lobby spent over $30 million on political advertising and influencing members of Congress and state legislatures across the country.
End the Madness
- Renew the assault weapons ban and end the sale of high capacity weapons – we do not need military style weapons on our streets.
- Often people purchase guns and weapons to feel safer, and economic insecurity leads to higher crime rates.
- Ensure equal access to the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness our Founders intended all Americans to have. This means good quality paying jobs, investment in education, and access to healthcare. If at the very least we are able to do this, we won’t need guns to feel safe.