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.
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No child should go to school in fear. No person should worry about being gunned down as they worship, work, or walk down the street. The epidemic of gun violence is killing us—through suicides, homicides, and lax laws.
The Bipartisan Background Checks Bill (H.R. 8), which would establish universal background checks, passed the House of Representatives earlier this year. Since then, we’ve seen continued progress and wins in a variety of areas that address gun violence. While we’re continuing our push for universal background checks in the Senate, a lot has happened outside of those efforts
When the House voted on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8), Republican legislators brought up a measure shortly before the final vote that added an amendment to the bill. This process is called a motion to recommit. In this case it passed the House by a vote of 220-209, adding troublesome language targeting immigrants into the final bill.