Beyond resistance: Putting an end to gun violence
It is the 33rd day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: putting an end to gun violence.
From Roseburg, OR to Sandy Hook, CT and Orlando, FL, we have seen too many horrible acts of violence happen across the country. Gun violence in the United States is not inevitable, nor should Americans accept it as the status quo. We need to address this issue for what it is: a public health crisis that threatens the well-being and peace of mind of communities across the country.
It’s past time we take action. There are commonsense steps we can and should take to keep our communities safe, including:
- Keeping guns from the most dangerous users by closing the “private sale loophole” and implementing comprehensive and uniform background checks;
- Having law enforcement follow up with each person who fails the background check;
- Restricting assault weapons and high capacity magazines that are unsafe in any public space;
- Removing barriers to research on gun violence to allow us to fully understand the impact and implications of current policies;
- Making sure guns are tested and regulated to ensure consistency and that they operate as intended;
- Empowering health care professionals to discuss all matters that affect their patients’ health, including gun ownership;
- Ensuring better regulation for gun dealers and focusing compliance on the few unscrupulous gun dealers;
- Enforcing existing gun laws by not letting the gun lobby undermine enforcement agencies;
- Requiring that people purchasing a gun have liability insurance;
- Improving our mental health system to make it more accessible and available and enhancing our capacity to help individuals with mental illness; and
- Providing resources for first responders, schools, and public facilities personnel to deal with active-shooter situations.
I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here.
Member of Congress