Our country is long overdue for meaningful gun violence prevention legislation. We cannot allow our schools, universities, movie theaters, and neighborhoods to be shooting galleries for random acts of violence.
It’s simply a crime that Congress has refused to listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans – many of whom are responsible gun owners – who want common–sense prevention measures that we know will make a difference in preventing gun deaths and suicides.
The NRA works hard every day to convince lawmakers in Congress that more guns are the answer and that fewer restrictions will make us safer, when we know the opposite is true. Every day more than 30 Americans are killed on average by gun violence, and firearms homicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people under 20 years old.
We know that 9 out of 10 Americans want universal background checks, and that background checks work, blocking nearly 2 million attempts to purchase firearms over the last 20 years, half of which were made by felons.
In Congress, Joel will stand up to the pro-gun lobby at every step and immediately push his colleagues and leadership of both parties to act on these common-sense gun violence prevention measures by:
- Passing common sense, comprehensive federal background check legislation that we know reduces gun trafficking and lethality in domestic violence.
- Strengthening federal law to prohibit domestic abusers from buying a gun.
- Cracking down on straw purchasers who buy guns for people who would not pass a background check by making straw purchases a felony offense.
- Reinstating the ban on military-style assault weapons that have no place on our streets or in our neighborhoods.