The Gun Lobby’s Dangerous Agenda
The gun lobby is throwing their weight behind legislation singularly focused on increasing profits for the gun industry, even those policies put our public safety at stake. Right now, they’re working to make it easier for everyone to access to gun silencers, weaken existing state concealed carry laws, and end gun free school zones.
Guns in Public Places
Allowing untrained people to carry a gun almost everywhere poses serious threats to public safety. We can save lives by preserving and strengthening state concealed carry permitting systems, and limiting firearms in places like schools, public parks, and bars.
Requiring a criminal background check for all gun sales is the single most effective policy for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people and saving lives.
Guns and Suicide
The majority of gun deaths are self-inflicted. The easy availability of firearms to those in distress makes suicide attempts far more likely to result in death.
Guns and Domestic Violence
Deaths from domestic violence incidents involving guns have reached war zone proportions — firearms are a deadly force in abusive situations.
Kids and Guns
Unsecured guns pose a special risk to children - kids as young as three years old are strong enough to pull a trigger.
Every year, tens of thousands of guns are purchased in states with weak gun safety laws and trafficked to states with stronger gun laws, where they end up in the hands of criminals and people unable to pass a background check.
Urban Gun Violence
The gun epidemic has hit underserved communities of color particularly hard — gun homicide rates in these neighborhoods have reached a crisis point. Gun violence intervention programs have been shown to be effective at breaking the cycle of violence in impacted communities.
Gun Violence Research
For 20 years, Congress has banned federal research into the causes and effects of gun violence. It’s time for Congress to stop serving at the will of the gun lobby and start investing in research to understand the connection between gun violence and public health.