Tag Archives: Gun Violence Prevention

Let’s Make Background Checks on Guns Universal

With seemingly near constant news headlines of mass shootings and other acts of gun violence, debate on prevention measures for public safety is critical. The issue of whether universal background checks should be required for all firearm purchases is a possible solution to decrease some of these disturbing statistics:

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Protecting Domestic Violence Victims from Guns

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing called VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence. Greater attention paid to the intersection between gun violence and domestic violence will hopefully lead to better protections for women from domestic violence, and help end the scourge of gun violence in our country. Read more…

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: Read more…

What Next?: The Role of Faith in Gun Violence Prevention

On Friday, the RAC hosted “What Next?”, a meeting of faith leaders, experts, survivors and advocates  exploring next steps for the faith community to reduce gun violence. Professor Daniel Webster, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research was the keynote speaker. He discussed the efficacy of fingerprint licensing laws. You can read some of Professor Webster’s work here. Read more…

Campuses as Havens of Learning, Not Violence

By Jane Wiesenberg

There are quintessential images the word “college” tends to evoke: classic literature, complicated equations, and state-of-the-art labs – to name a few. Yet, in recent years, months, and weeks, another – less fitting and certainly more lethal – term has been added to the list: gun violence.

The history of gun violence on college campuses is both extensive and alarming. The 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre, in which a student killed 32 people and then turned the gun on himself, remains the most deadly shooting in U.S. history. In 2013, there were 27 shootings on or close to college campuses, and just last month, a shooter in Isla Vista, California killed six students and then himself at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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House Takes Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Two weeks ago, after just a two-day call-in blitz from the gun violence prevention community, the House of Representatives passed the Thompson-King Amendment (260 to 145) as part of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill to improve our national background check system for gun purchases. The amendment provides an additional $19.5 million dollars to states to input their criminal and mental health records into the national system to avoid a dangerous individual purchasing a firearm, as happened in the Virginia Tech Shooting. Read more…

Rapidly Changing Gun Laws Protecting Some, Putting More at Risk

Across the country gun laws are rapidly changing and new technology is changing the legislative landscape. In the last few weeks, Georgia has passed a new law, the availability of smart gun technology is evolving and more attention is being paid to how gun violence affects women. Read more…

Solemn Gun Violence Anniversaries This Week

Too often we are reminded of the presence of gun violence in our society—there seems to be a moment of silence or remembrance far too often. On Sunday, we were reminded yet again by the shooting in Overland Park, Kansas ,  yesterday we remembered the seventh anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech.  and next Monday we will again remember those lost at Columbine High School. These tragic anniversaries, which, unfortunately, occur year-round, remind us of lives taken before their time and the plague that is easy access to guns in America. Read more…

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