A Monumental Shift in the Gun Debate

March 26, 2019

Andrew Patrick
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A Monumental Shift in the Gun Debate

Hearing on Capitol Hill illustrates the sea change in political conventional wisdom

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz Issued the Following Statement:

“If you were on Capitol Hill today, you could feel the ground shifting. As someone who has worked on gun violence prevention for 30 years and remembers when the issue was considered toxic to both parties, today was a reminder of how far we have come. It has been a long journey, but I’ve never been more hopeful for the future of gun violence prevention than I am today.

“This morning, a Republican controlled Senate committee held a hearing on a life-saving gun violence prevention policy and actual bipartisanship broke out. Senators from across the political spectrum expressed support for life-saving Extreme Risk Laws. They didn’t grandstand but instead asked incisive and important questions about this policy. When I helped develop this tool five years ago, we intentionally crafted the policy to appeal to stakeholders across the political spectrum. Today, all that work paid off. It was amazing to see Lindsey Graham championing this policy and John Cornyn bragging about his efforts to reduce gun violence. This hearing was a genuine moment built on the efforts of the millions of grassroots advocates who are propelling this issue to the top of the national agenda.

“We still have a long way to go, more minds to change, and — if needed — more people to replace in Congress. But for the countless families and communities destroyed by gun violence and the survivors and activists fighting for a safer America — today showed that real change is indeed within our reach.”


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