Gun Safety Legislation: Prospects for Action in the US Congress
According to a recent article in Roll Call, it sounds like Senate Majority Leader McConnell is hard pressed to find floor time to consider any of the various measures introduced since the horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Poor man, it must be tough having to prioritize between legislation to protect the public from gun violence run amok or say, rename a health care facility or loosen banking rules (both passed very recently since Parkland). Here is a short list of proposals and action in Congress so far meant to respond to this latest mass shooting:
Other measures include various renditions to address school safety, minimum age, and so-called “red flags” sometimes referred to as “ERPO” (extreme risk protective order).
I’m feeling a surge of optimism from the Parkland students’ #NeverAgain movement, and their persistence informs me that they will not accept band aid fixes to our gun sickness. And maybe, just maybe, after politicians witness the throbbing pulse of the angry crowds rallying on March 24, we will hear more quotes similar to these by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham:
“I don’t know what Mitch’s game plan is for dealing with this. I’m not going to go into my election saying I didn’t do something. To the politicians who believe they are going to be rewarded by punting on this, I think you’re making a huge mistake.” (Graham speaking to reporters after introduction of measure with Democratic Sen. Blumenthal addressing high-risk persons and gun purchases.)
To learn more, attend the legislative briefing hosted by WNDC PPC Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention on Wednesday, April 18, 12:30-1:30 pm.
— Shelly Livingston, Acting Chair, Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention