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Gun Violence Awareness Month: Ways to Engage

By Andre Gobbo, June 10, 2019

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.

Gun Violence Witness

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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

Other Resources

Event Gun Violence Prevention - From Grassroots to Capitol Hill 

Watch the Recording

On the morning of June 20, FCNL hosted a dialogue on gun violence prevention with FCNL Executive Secretary Diane Randall and Peter Murchison.

Update When it Comes to Gun Violence, We Need to Know 

Researching the effects of gun violence is essential but, because of a provision known as the Dickey Amendment, the U.S. government hasn’t conducted any significant research on the impact of gun violence for more than 20 years. This year, a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives could change that.

Andre Gobbo

  • Legislative Representative, Domestic Policy

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by handling constituent queries, writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, supporting coalition relationships, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies. He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice and gun violence prevention but also assists other domestic policy initiatives. He also serves as the co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy subcommittee within the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition.