Gun violence needs to stop
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Why Congress doesn't do anything about gun violence in America - Steve Israel
Gun violence – key facts
Dozens of people were killed, even more wounded, all within 13 hours. The tragedies have spurred a renewed call for more gun control. For all the obsession that Americans have with guns, the country has awful little scientific data to show for it. In , Congress passed a law with a provision known as the Dickey Amendment that effectively prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using its life-saving budget to study gun violence. As a result, for decades the US has not thrown its full resources at the problem the way it has with, say, tobacco or car crashes. After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last year, and the wave of activism that followed, Congress clarified that the CDC could, in fact, use funds to study gun violence.
For the last 20 years our students, teachers and parents have lived with the reality of school shootings. The failure of our leaders to address the root causes of school gun violence from all angles is having lasting consequences for millions of American children. Put simply, an armed teacher cannot, in a moment of extreme duress and confusion, transform into a specially trained law enforcement officer. In reality, an armed teacher is much more likely to hit a student bystander or be shot by law enforcement than to be an effective solution to an active shooter in a school. Using data to paint the full picture of what gun violence looks like on school grounds and drawing upon research and recommendations from school safety experts, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Education Association have crafted a plan focused on intervention that can prevent mass shooting incidents and help end gun violence in American schools. To accomplish this goal, Everytown has updated its study of gun violence on school grounds.
Assault weapons ban
But we know Americans can do anything. Even end this epidemic of gun violence. For we are more powerful than any problem when we work as one. Now is the time to unite people, from coast to coast, young and old, liberal and conservative, fed up and fired up, and free our country from what is killing it. Brady works tirelessly on Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country to ensure common sense gun laws are enacted and enforced. We have the strongest legal team in the country, representing victims and survivors among others, to challenge and change laws, state by state and nationwide. Armed with facts and solutions, every sector of the population can be part of the cultural change needed so all Americans can live free from the fear of gun violence.