Preventing Gun Violence
“If we turn our heartbreak and our anger into action, I know we can take the power from the NRA and the lawmakers in their pockets and return it to the people.” – Elizabeth Warren
WHAT THIS PLAN IS ABOUT
On average every day 100 people are killed in the U.S. by a gun—in shootings that occur in our homes, on our streets, at our playgrounds.
We can’t wait any longer. That’s why Elizabeth’s plan for gun violence prevention includes:
- Executive action to rein in an out-of-control gun industry;
- Breaking the NRA’s stranglehold of Congress by passing sweeping anti-corruption legislation and eliminating the filibuster; and
- Sending Congress comprehensive gun violence legislation to sign into law within the first 100 days.
Specifically, Elizabeth will:
- Take immediate executive action to expand background checks, bringing the vast majority of private sales under the existing background check umbrella;
- Work with Congress to create a federal licensing system – because just like a license is required to drive a car, it should be required to purchase a firearm or ammunition;
- Keep military-style assault weapons off our streets by passing a new federal assault weapons ban, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, and prohibiting accessories that make weapons more deadly;
- Secure our schools by improving the Gun-Free School Zones Act to include college and university campuses;
- Protect survivors of domestic abuse by closing the “boyfriend loophole” so that any intimate partner with a domestic violence conviction involving any romantic partner is not able to purchase a gun;
- Holding gun manufacturers liable for the harm they cause; and
- Prohibiting anyone convicted of a hate crime from owning a gun. Instead of a president who winks and nods as white nationalism gets stronger in this country, we need a president who will use all the tools available to prevent it.
Elizabeth has set a goal is to reduce gun violence deaths by at least 80% — we’ll begin by implementing solutions we believe will work, and constantly revisit and update those solutions based on new public health research.
WHY IT’S NEEDED
These are just a few of the names and places etched into the American consciousness, synonymous with senseless loss and enduring grief.
There is no shortage of horrifying statistics about our gun violence epidemic.
- Our firearm homicide rate is 25 times higher than other comparable countries.
- Our firearm suicide rate is nearly 10 times higher.
- Women in the U.S. are 21 times more likely to be shot to death than women in other high-income countries, most killed by an intimate partner.
- 21 children and teenagers are shot every day.
We don’t need any more reasons. The next president has a moral obligation to use every tool she has to address the gun crisis.
Want more? Read Elizabeth’s full plan here.
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