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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Marks Gun Violence Awareness Month

Jun 8, 2018

Congresswoman Beatty Marks Gun Violence Awareness Month

Urges Congressional action on SAFER Now Act

Right now in America, 35 people on average die as a result of gun violence every day and for every one person killed with guns, two more are injured according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To help raise awareness on the gun violence epidemic and the countless Americans’ affected by gun violence, every June our nation recognizes Gun Violence Awareness Month. In recognition, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:

“I refuse to sit on the sidelines as more and more of our fellow citizens lose their lives or are injured from gun violence in communities all across the country. Americans are demanding action, because every day another family needlessly suffers due to this epidemic. That is why this Gun Violence Awareness Month and all year long, I am working tirelessly to help put a stop to this senseless violence. As Members of Congress we have a responsibility to help find solutions, and I believe my bill, the SAFER Now Act, is a comprehensive, common-sense approach.”

Beatty’s bill, the Safer America for Everybody Right (SAFER) Now Act, H.R. 5410, aims to stem the tide of gun violence by banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, expanding background checks, closing the gun show loophole and authorizing federal grants for gun buy backs, among other reforms.

Public polling confirms there is broad, bipartisan consensus around 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.

H.R. 5410 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and is awaiting further consideration. To learn more about the SAFER Now Act, read this recent press release, and to catch up on Beatty’s ongoing efforts to curb gun violence, please visit her website.

For more information on Gun Violence Awareness Month, go to: Also, be sure to join in the conversation all month long online by using #GVAM and #GunViolenceAwarenessMonth.