Tuesday, April 16, 2013

JPANet: The Time is Now to Address Gun Violence

This is a critical week in the U.S. Senate for legislation that would begin to address the terrible toll of gun violence in this nation. For the first time since 1994, we have the opportunity to pass meaningful, sensible legislation to help end gun violence.
Stop Gun ViolenceWhile tragic incidents of gun violence like the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado, Oak Creek Wisconsin and Tucson draw national headlines, in many communities across the country, the impact of gun violence is a day-to-day reality that rarely draws attention or action.
In the next several days, the Senate will debate amendments on legislation that would strengthen background checks on commercial gun sales (known as the Manchin-Toomey amendment) and strengthen anti-gun trafficking legislation. Yet even this modest proposal to strengthen background checks on commercial and online gun sales is under threat. Although the Manchin-Toomey amendment falls short of the stronger universal background check provision included in the original legislation, it is a step in the right direction.

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