Congresswoman Beatty Fighting Hard to Address America’s Gun Violence Epidemic
FACT: The United States has the 28th-highest rate of deaths from gun violence in the world, or 25 times higher than that of any other high-income country based on research conducted by Everytown for Gun Safety.
FACT #2: Every day, 100 Americans are killed by gun violence and another 200 are shot and injured. (Everytown for Gun Safety statistic)
With these sobering statistics in mind, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) continues to work to curb the gun violence epidemic that is taking the lives of far too many men, women, and children in Ohio’s Third Congressional District, the State of Ohio, and across the country.
“I refuse to sit on the sidelines as more and more of our fellow citizens lose their lives or are injured from gun violence,” Beatty said. “We owe it to the victims, their families, and all Americans to take action. We need a movement. We need to find real, bipartisan solutions that will help finally put a stop to the bloodshed.” She added, “I believe my bill, the SAFER Now Act, is a comprehensive, common-sense approach that will help do just that. We cannot wait any longer—enough is enough.”
If enacted into law, Beatty’s Safer America for Everyone Right (SAFER) Now Act, H.R. 282, would improve background checks on gun purchases, ban assault weapons and bump stocks, and better prevent firearms from falling into the wrong and/or dangerous hands. To learn more about the SAFER Now Act, please visit Beatty’s website.
Of note, the SAFER Now Act’s provision closing the background check loophole was included in bills the U.S. House of Representatives passed last year: the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, H.R. 8, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, H.R. 1112.
Public polling confirms that there is broad, bipartisan consensus about the need to improve our nation’s gun laws. In fact, a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 97 percent of Americans support universal background checks and also that two in three Americans want stronger gun laws overall. Moreover, 70 percent support stricter assault weapons laws based on a MSN poll.
“Nearly 95 percent of all Americans support universal background checks—including the vast majority of National Rifle Association members,” Beatty noted. “A new day dawned in the 116th Congress when the House Democratic majority passed these bills-the first meaningful action to address gun violence at the federal level in nearly a decade. It’s been over 450 days since the House acted, now it’s the Senate’s turn.”
If enacted, H.R. 8 would require a mandatory background check on all firearm sales, with limited, reasonable exceptions, and close the “gun show loophole.” H.R. 1112 would close the “Charleston Loophole” that allows individuals to obtain a firearm three days after a background check is initiated—no matter if it is completed or not. In 2015, a perpetrator used this legal technicality to acquire a gun he later used to kill nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Both bills are awaiting further consideration by the U.S. Senate.
For more information on Gun Violence Awareness Month, go to: www.gunviolenceawarenessmonth.com. To learn more about Beatty’s ongoing efforts to curb gun violence, please visit her website. Finally, be sure to join in the conversation all month long online by using #GVAM and #GunViolenceAwarenessMonth.