Last week, I announced my support for two commonsense pieces of legislation to address gun violence in our communities - one that would lift a de facto twenty-year ban on firearms safety and gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and another that would dramatically strengthen background record checks on all private and online firearm sales.
The CDC has the potential to play a vital role in addressing this epidemic. It’s time to put politics aside and provide the agency resources and leeway to do its job. Additionally, a more robust background record check system would help prevent people who are legally barred from owning a firearm from obtaining one. Learn more about the bills here.
Congress cannot be complacent when gun violence remains so prevalent in American society. These are reasonable steps for members of Congress to find common ground and move forward.
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