Doing Nothing Isn't an Option
This week, I had the privilege of meeting with several passionate and dedicated students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The opportunity to hear their anger, fear, and vision firsthand was powerful. They are a prime example of the direction that our nation needs and the courage that leads to real, life-saving change. I applaud them for their leadership, which has galvanized the country, and I implore President Trump and every Member of Congress to follow suit.
Congress must take bold, comprehensive action to address gun violence, like the sweeping legislation I was proud to introduce that prohibits the sale, transfer, production, and importation of military-style assault weapons.
At the same time, I also know there are smaller, sensible steps that can be taken to fuel smart policy decisions. Last month, I sent a letter to Speaker Ryan urging him to allow debate and a vote on legislation to finally provide adequate funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research about gun violence. In Chicago, I hosted a roundtable to discuss my new bill that addresses the need to classify and treat violence like the public health epidemic that it is. By investing $1 billion in the creation of new public health initiatives, we can save approximately 18,000 lives and $135 billion each year.
You can also read about my bills from 2017 to alert law enforcement when criminals break the law attempting to acquire a gun and require the Attorney General to conduct a study on links between mass shooters and domestic violence.
If we are truly serious about fulfilling our duty to protect constituents from harm, we must address gun violence from every single angle.