American history teaches us that when government is shown a potential threat to Americans, it is the duty of our elected officials to help either fix the problem, eradicate the threat, or regulate the product or substance. This has been true throughout history. Depending on the social politics of the times, government has taken on alcoholic beverages, women’s health, marriage equality, adoption, (most recently) opioids, marijuana, automobile safety, and countless other activities, products and substances. Congress has funded cancer research and the US has an entire department dedicated to the regulation of drugs, alcohol and firearms. In the 1990s, we heard about the war on drugs, and now we are hearing about the opioid epidemic, but what about mass shooting epidemic?
Last week, California Senator Diane Feinstein introduced an assault weapons ban for the third time. She and 22 other Senators are introducing the legislation, “for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote.”
Along with this legislation, there are two other important pieces of gun legislation in front of congress NOW. First a “concealed carry reciprocity,” that would force all 50 states to allow anyone to carry a hidden, loaded guns in public. The second guts sun silencer safety requirements. Both of these policies do nothing to help prevent gun violence. Let’s all take a minute to call our Congressional Representatives and Senators and ask them to oppose these two pieces of legislation. Click here to visit Everytown for Gun Safety’s action center, and get involved.