Gun Violence Prevention

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We are losing too many Americans to hate and gun violence, and I believe Congress has a moral obligation to take meaningful steps to heal our country and prevent these tragedies. Following the attacks in Parkland, Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Orlando, Aurora, and Newtown, among others, I joined millions of people across the country and the world in sending my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. But thoughts and prayers are simply not enough. If we truly want to honor the lives of those we lost, Congress must act.

There’s a lot that Congress can do right now to prevent these tragedies from happening again. Congress can require a background check for every gun purchase in America. Congress has the ability and authority to eliminate the civilian sale of weapons of war. We have before, and we should again. And Congress can lift federal restrictions on the study of the causes of gun violence, so that we can, at the very least, better understand why these tragedies keep happening. I have cosponsored legislation to address each of these issues, and we can do all of this and simultaneously uphold the Second Amendment.

I do not shy away from the opportunity to work with my Republican colleagues on this issue. That is why I worked with Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo to introduce a bill that would ban bump stocks and any other device that essentially turns a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun, which is what the shooter in Las Vegas did.

I introduced another bipartisan measure that would prevent suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms. This common sense fix would be a small, but important, step towards ending mass shootings.

We owe it to the victims of these senseless tragedies and their families to debate and vote on reasonable gun violence prevention proposals which the majority of Americans support. For those wondering what you can do to help, I encourage you to reach out to your elected officials and to talk with your friends and family, especially those that don’t agree with you, about what we can do to end this horrible epidemic.

I hope you’ll read my editorial in the New York Daily News on what Congress can and should do to prevent gun violence and join me in the fight to prevent another senseless slaughter.

 

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