May 2018: GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

May 2018: GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

WNDC Position on Gun Violence Prevention
To Make our Nation Safer in All Places

“Whenever you bump into someone, there is the fear that they‘re the next shooter and every bell is a gunshot.”
Daniela Palacios, age 16, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
The WNDC recognizes that the United States suffers from a gun violence crisis. We believe it is an unacceptable and avoidable tragedy to lose
an average of over 35,000 lives each year attributable to gun violence. Equally appalling is the fact that our country has more child gun deaths
than any other high-income nation, and more than 187,000 students in this country have lived through school shootings since Columbine. Our
children should be able to attend school without fear that each day could be their last, and all US residents should be able to enjoy life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness, free of gun violence.

Therefore, we will continue to advocate for:

  • Universal background checks. The loopholes in the current system mean too many guns fall into the wrong hands, so the checks
    need to be expanded to include firearms sold at gun shows and over the internet;
  • Renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004. These weapons are designed for maximum lethality and not
    intended for civilian use;
  • Ban on large capacity ammunition magazines, which can fire at large numbers of people without taking the time to reload;
  • Ban on bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to function similarly to an automatic weapon, with multiple rounds fired with the single pull of a trigger;
  • Implementation of policies to remove domestic violence abusers’ access to firearms, including “Extreme Risk Protective Orders”
    (ERPO);
  • Promotion of regional solutions through multi-state coalitions such as “States for Gun Safety,” which was recently formed among
    Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, New York, and New Jersey; and
  • Repeal of Dickey Amendment, which prevents research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    (CDC);

And we will oppose:

  • National Concealed Gun Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow those states with the most stringent requirements to be subverted by those with the most lenient regulations; and
  • Any agenda to force guns in our schools. Decisions regarding school safety should be made by citizens, not by corporations and
    lobbying groups pursuing their own financial interests. The students at Parkland, Florida, have made clear that arming teachers will only make their schools less safe. Educators support their views that arming teachers is a bad idea;
  • Hearing Protection Act, legislation which legalizes silencers; and
  • Second Amendment Enforcement Act, legislation which erodes DC’s gun laws.

Position approved by the Board of Governors, Woman’s National Democratic Club, April 18, 2018