January 5, 2015
Contact: Olivia Alperstein
Communications and Policy Associate
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Progressive Congress Supports President Obama’s Executive Order to Curb Gun Violence
Progressive Congress praises President Barack Obama for his decision to sign executive actions on gun violence, including expanding background checks and closing loopholes, increasing funding for ATF agents and investigators, a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care, new research on gun safety technology, and increased emphasis on domestic violence outreach, among other measures.
These bold actions mark an important first step in improving our response to gun violence and saving lives, but more needs to be done. Congress must work with the President to address gun safety and reject pressure from gun lobbyists. Gun control measures save lives, but only when they have full enforcement, support, and funding.
“President Obama has taken important steps towards reducing gun violence,” said Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President of Progressive Congress. “We must continue to encourage our elected officials to stand up for our communities and take action to prevent further violence and loss of life.”
Every day 30 Americans die in gun homicides. According to a recent report by the National Institutes for Health, mass shootings and other firearm homicides are more common in the United States than in any other high-income country in the world. Bullets now kill more Americans than car accidents. There are many factors that contribute to the availability of firearms and the perpetration of violence, all of which need to be addressed in order to fully prevent gun deaths. We look forward to seeing further action from the President and Congress in the new year.
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