Just over one year ago, violence erupted at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, resulting in the death of 20 students and 6 adults. Each time a new incidence of public violence invades our news feeds, we grieve that such a thing would be allowed to happen, and yet we do not demand action of our leaders. And while it is the high-profile shootings that catch our attention, that true crisis is the day to day public health crisis of accessible guns that is killing our children one and two and at time. Since the Parkland shooting over the course of the last year, over 1,200 children, of whom more than 80 are infants and toddlers, have died as a result of gun violence.
After a hearing on background checks and gun violence (the first in eight years), the House Judiciary committee recently passed HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would require background checks for gun sales and transfers in the United States. The legislation will now head to the House floor for a vote. HR 8 is a simple piece of legislation that could have a direct impact on curbing gun violence.
Gun Violence has grown to crisis level -- a national crisis -- when our society accepts preventable gun violence on a daily basis and decides to adapt to a culture of violence and fear. Urge your Representative to support this first step toward reducing and preventing gun violence.