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Norton to Introduce Resolution Designating June as ‘National Gun Violence Awareness Month,’ Calls on Congress to Pass National Gun Violence Prevention Legislation to Protect D.C. Residents and Others

May 31, 2018
Press Release
Wearing Orange on Friday to Recognize 4th Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) continues to fight attempts in Congress to wipe out the District of Columbia’s local gun violence prevention laws, she announced today that she would introduce a resolution both to designate June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month” and to call on Congress to pass national gun violence prevention legislation.  Norton will wear orange on Friday to recognize the 4th annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

“The District of Columbia has done its job by passing common sense gun laws, such as bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines,” Norton said.  “However, guns continue to enter the District from jurisdictions with weak gun laws.  We will continue to work with the national Parkland, Florida coalition to pass national commonsense gun laws to protect District residents and people throughout the country from gun violence.”

This Congress, Norton has defeated three bills that would weaken D.C.’s gun laws.  Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Tom Garrett (R-VA) introduced the Second Amendment Enforcement Act (S. 162/H.R. 1537), which would eliminate most of D.C.’s gun laws.  Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced the DC Personal Protection Reciprocity Act (H.R. 2909), which would require D.C. to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits.

Norton’s full resolution is below. 

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for the designation of June as National Gun Violence Awareness Month, and calling on Congress to address gun violence.

Whereas summer is the season with the highest rates of gun violence in the United States;

Whereas 100,000 Americans suffer gunshot wounds in the United States every year;

Whereas approximately 96 people die and approximately 200 are injured from gun violence each day in the United States;

Whereas the District of Columbia is the only local jurisdiction under consistent threat by the United States Congress to abolish all of its gun violence prevention laws;

Whereas more than 60 percent of all gunshot victims in the United States are under 30 years old;

Whereas every 70 minutes one American under the age of 25 loses his or her life to gun violence;

Whereas 5 percent of gun dealers (approximately 3,000 dealers nationwide) supply nearly 90 percent of all crime guns that show up in American streets;

Whereas fewer than 200 people in the United States have been killed in terror attacks since September 11, 2001, but tens of thousands have been killed by gun violence in that same time period;

Whereas more Americans have died from gunshot wounds in the past three decades than the sum total of combat deaths in all the wars in United States history;

Whereas half of all suicides are a result of gunshot wounds;

Whereas 90 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers are the result of firearms;

Whereas firearms used during a robbery are three times more likely than knives and ten times more likely than other weapons to result in the death of a victim;

Whereas 20 percent of female homicide victims are killed by a current or former partner using firearms;

Whereas gun violence declined in the 1990s after the enactment of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993, which created a national background check system, and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which placed a 10-year ban on the sale of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines;

Whereas the ban on the sale of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines expired in 2004;

Whereas in the 16 States that require background checks for private gun sales, there are 38 percent fewer fatal shootings of women by their partners, 39 percent fewer police murdered by firearms, 17 percent fewer firearm aggravated assaults, and 49 percent fewer suicides using firearms;

Whereas more than 38,000 deaths in the United States were due to guns in 2016; and

Whereas June would be an appropriate month to designate as National Gun Violence Awareness Month: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of National Gun Violence Awareness Month; and

(2) calls on Congress to pass gun violence prevention legislation, including:

(A) H.R. 5087, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, to ban assault weapons.

(B) H.R. 4240, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2018, and H.R. 1612, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2017, to require universal background checks.

(C) H.R. 4052, the Keep Americans Safe Act, to prohibit large capacity ammunition magazines.

(D) H.R. 3464, the Background Check Completion Act, to prevent firearms dealers from transferring firearms before a background check of the prospective buyer has been completed.

(E) H.R. 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017, to allow “red flag” restraining orders for those who pose a risk of injury to themselves or others.

(F) H.R. 3999, to ban bump stocks.

(G) H.R. 1475, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2017, to limit the trafficking of firearms.

(H) H.R. 3207, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, to protect victims of stalking from gun violence.

(I) H.R. 5383, the Ammunition Background Check Act of 2018, to require background checks for all purchases of ammunition.

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