Summary: Create a Multisystematic Approach, Allow the CDC to Study, Expand Liability to Manufacturers, End the Cycle of Violence, Improved Threat Assessment Funding and Research, Ban Bump Stocks and Ghost Guns.
I’m committed to addressing America’s mass shooting epidemic. As a parent, I get a deep knot in the pit of my stomach and the back of my throat when I look at what’s happening in our country. I spend time worrying that the next school shooting could happen in my daughter’s school.
The solution to ending gun violence in America is not as easy as passing a law or two. Efforts to manage the firearm violence crisis in America must be multisystematic.
Restrictions on gun ownership should target individuals who are dangerous.
Dickey Amendment should be repealed. This amendment states that none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control. The CDC should be studying gun violence, since it’s impacting public health.
We must address the media’s role in perpetuating theses attacks. Data collected in 2015 shows 74 Columbine copycat plots across 30 states.
We should be expanding liability to manufacturers.
We must end the cycle of violence by funding programs that study adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma research to help victims of violence.
We should be Increasing funding for FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit 1, assessing the risk of targeted violence and allow them to expand work, including training Universities and developing risk management strategies.
I whole-heartily believe that we must ban bump stocks and ghost guns. As you’ll remember, bump stocks were used in the Las Vegas mass murder in October, 2017. I will not let Congress ignore the need to ban parts that are used exclusively in converting a weapon into a machine gun. A ghost gun is a firearm without serial numbers. There are websites and businesses that allow you to buy the gun parts themselves and make your own gun, legally bypass background checks and registration regulations. This, to me, is a terrifying thought.
We owe it to victims, survivors, and everyone impacted to continue to address mass shootings at a Federal level.