Gun Violence Prevention

 
 
We call B.S.!
— Emma Gonzalez (senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School)
Anytime I hear news of this kind of extreme violence targeting innocent people, I think immediately about the ready access to guns that so many people in this country have, and I mourn our nation’s failure to act more responsibly on limiting access to these weapons.
— Bryan Stevenson

While the United States has 5% of the world’s population, we have 31% of all mass shootings (Source: CNN). Elected officials like Roger Williams, who has accepted thousands of dollars from the NRA, care more about the profits of gun manufacturers than they do about the safety of their constituents. It’s time for action to prevent senseless gun violence.


In the wake of the Sutherland Springs massacre in October 2017, our campaign led a group of concerned constituents to Roger Williams’ office to demand the repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which prevents federal dollars from being used to research gun safety solutions. How can we have a productive debate on the optimal policy solutions when our government refuses to fund research on this issue? Our pleas for action fell on deaf ears, and more senseless mass shootings have devastated Americans since then. 


Here are my ideas on common-sense solutions that will reduce gun violence:

  • Repeal the Dickey Amendment
  • Universal background checks
  • Repeal the gun-show loophole, which allows private sales of firearms without background checks
  • Repeal the “boyfriend loophole,” which allows people with domestic violence convictions to purchase firearms if they were not married to their victim and had no children with that victim.
  • Require permits for all gun owners
  • Ban guns from college campuses
  • Ban the sale of military-style (assault) weapons
  • Vicarious liability on gun manufacturers and retailers so that they can be sued by victims of gun violence. By hitting these corporations’ bottom line, they’ll be motivated to prevent firearms from ending up in the wrong hands.
  • National gun registry requiring certificates of title to be completed when gun ownership is transferred.
  • Require insurance policies on all firearms. Like auto insurance, this will let the market price dangerous people out of gun ownership.
  • Campaign finance reform to stop special-interest groups like the NRA from controlling our elected officials on the gun-violence-prevention issue

It’s imperative that we not only continue the dialogue that has begun thanks to the brave survivors of gun violence, but also take action to make our country safer for everyone. We owe it to the present and future generations of Americans.

 

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