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Gun Violence Awareness Month: Ways to Engage
June is gun violence awareness month, with actions taking place throughout the country. To help get you ready, here’s a compilation of recent updates, ideas for actions you can take, and more.
Since the start of the calendar year and the 116th Congress, we’ve already seen more congressional action on this issue than we have in previous decades. It’s clear that there is momentum and a desire for change, and Congress is finally listening.
We need to build on that momentum and push Congress to do more to stop the more than 100 deaths that happen per day involving firearms. I hope that you’ll join us in observing gun violence awareness month by taking action. Below you’ll find some resources to help you get caught up on recent events, stay engaged, and push for change.
What’s Happening: Recent Events in Gun Violence Prevention
- This February the House passed two bills that would help reduce gun violence: H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, which would institute universal background checks and shore up existing background checks respectively.
- The House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill that included $50 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research firearm injury and mortality prevention research.
- This March, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on extreme risk protection laws, which allow for the removal of firearms to prevent suicide or violence.
- The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized in the House, and it included provisions to prevent individuals convicted of stalking or violence against a dating partner from purchasing a firearm.
- The Supreme Court upheld an executive order banning the use and purchase of bump stocks.
Ways That You Can Take Action
- Write directly to your Senator to urge them to support the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (S. 42)
- Write a letter to your editor (LTE)
- Write an op-ed
- Share this bulletin with your Meeting
- The Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition has an interfaith guide on talking to your house of worship about gun violence
- Check out these informational factsheets on the following topics: