SUMMARY OF STANCE
Time after time after time, the American people have demanded that Congress act in the aftermath of horrible tragedies like Las Vegas, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, Santa Barbara, Charleston, San Bernardino, Orlando, and Dallas.
Gun violence in America remains an epidemic, claiming over 30,000 lives per year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Despite this epidemic of mass shootings and gun violence in our communities, and multiple polls showing that Republicans and Democrats nationwide overwhelmingly support common-sense gun safety measures, the House Republican Leadership did not allow a single bill on preventing gun violence to be considered on the House Floor in the entire 114th Congress—not one. The same is true so far for the 115th Congress.
RELATED LEGISLATION AND ACTIONS:
Introducing legislation is just one action that a member of Congress can take to address a concern or issue that impacts constituents. House Members can also introduce Congressional resolutions calling on the House (or even the full Congress) as a body to recognize or support a certain event or position on an issue. Members can write letters to government leaders requesting they take certain action, hold hearings with expert panels to address issues, work with colleagues at the committee level on specific issues, or even make direct in-person appeals to other Members or officials in the government. Here are a few examples of how I have taken action on this issue.
I joined with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and many of my colleagues in calling for bipartisan action on a series of bills including: the “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act,” the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act,” the “Background Check Completion Act,” and the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act.”
I’ve have received so many messages from my constituents and I know what resonates with them — sensible policies that protect our communities, respect our Second Amendment rights, and resolve this public health issue that is killing far too many Americans each day.
Congress must be responsive to the will of the people demanding their government to take action to keep guns out of the wrong hands. We must immediately debate and vote on:
These are straightforward, common-sense, and bipartisan safety measures, but Congress must be allowed a vote for any progress to be made. We can be effective at keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them while respecting Second Amendment rights, if we are given the opportunity to take action.
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