#EndGunViolence | Gun Violence Awareness Month
Although June is Gun Violence Awareness Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) is working year-round 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.
To that effect, she recently joined a bipartisan coalition to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, H.R. 8, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act, H.R. 1446, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Collectively, these bills would represent the first meaningful action taken by Congress to address gun violence in a generation should they become law. Both pieces of legislation are awaiting further consideration in the U.S. Senate.
“Nearly 95 percent of all Americans support universal background checks but, under Republican Leadership, Congress refused to act,” Beatty said. “We cannot continue to turn a blind eye and ear to what is happening in places like my own district, where we have already seen nearly double the number of homicides through April as we did in the first five months of last year.” She added, “The American people are demanding action, and Congressional Democrats and the Biden-Harris Administration will not rest until we enact sensible measures to end the senseless violence.”
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. 1446 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.
Of note, Beatty is also the author of another comprehensive gun violence prevention plan: the Safer America For Everyone Right (SAFER) Now Act. Her piece of legislation would ban assault weapons, close loopholes, encourage gun buybacks, and make firearm trafficking a federal crime, among other provisions.
For more information on Gun Violence Awareness Month, go to www.WearOrgange.org. 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 #EnoughIsEnoough, #WearOrange, and #GunViolenceAwarenessMonth.