A Gun Violence Prevention Update
Since last writing on gun violence prevention , the United States has seen more tragic reminders of gun violence in America. However, there have been many positive developments. Here are the biggest stories from the last two weeks:
- The Massachusetts Senate plans to vote on a bill this week to improve its gun violence prevention laws. The bill, which already passed the state House of Representatives, includes important changes , including allowing police chiefs to refuse gun licenses for rifles and shotguns to individuals who are known as potentially dangerous. The bill also mandates that criminal and mental health records be put into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
- Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill to reduce the permitted size of ammunition magazines from 15 rounds to 10. His veto came the same day he refused to meet with the parents of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings. Christie’s conditional veto was received with harsh criticism by the state legislature.
- In the Chicago area, gun violence killed 13 people and injured more than 50 during July 4th weekend. Though Chicago sometimes called the “murder capital” of the United States, statistics show that, per capita, Chicago is not actually even in the top 10 American cities for gun deaths.
- Everytown for Gun Safety released Guns and Violence Against Women – America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Abuse Problem, a new report that explores the sometimes-terrifying realities connected to our country’s weak gun laws. The report includes an analysis of domestic violence laws in all 50 states and shows that federal and most state laws do not keep guns out of the hands of abusive dating partners or convicted stalkers.
- Everytown for Gun Safety also announced that it will ask all Senate and House candidates to complete a 10-part questionnaire stating publicly where they stand on issues related to gun violence prevention. The survey covers a broad range of issues and will be the first time some of the candidates state their opinions on the record. You can even take the survey for yourself.
Alyson Malinger is a rising sophomore at Indiana University-Bloomington. She majors in journalism with a second concentration in political and civic engagement, with minors in public policy and Spanish. Alyson is originally from Aberdeen, NJ and attended Temple Shalom.