FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2019
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A New Day for Gun Violence Prevention
On the eighth anniversary of the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the new House of Representatives introduces H.R. 8 to establish universal background checks on all gun sales
Washington, DC (January 8, 2019) — Eight years ago today, the nation was shocked by the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a “Congress on your Corner” event in Tucson. The gunman left Congresswoman Giffords severely injured and killed Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, Chief Judge John Roll, congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman, and nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.
In the aftermath of the shooting, the newly sworn in Republican House of Representatives mourned for their colleague, sent thoughts and prayers, and held moments of silence. But they did little else. The inaction continued in the GOP-led Congress for eight years.
Those days are now over. Today, the House of Representatives will introduce H.R. 8.
H.R. 8 will establish universal background checks on all gun sales in America, including private sales at gun shows and online. Background checks are the foundation for gun violence prevention policies that are effective and save lives. These policies are overwhelmingly supported by the majority of Americans and are essential to reducing our 40,000 American gun deaths each year. H.R. 8 should be passed with bipartisan support out of both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Trump.