|Washington, DC-Ahead of the Senate debate on a gun violence prevention package expected on the floor this week, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) called on Senators to keep the bill strong and give it an up-or-down vote. In a statement expressing concern about negotiations that could water down the bill s provisions, CSGV executive director Josh Horwitz said today:
It s clear that some of our legislators are more concerned with the grade they re getting from the NRA than with the safety of their constituents. They are prioritizing unfettered and irresponsible gun ownership over the right of our children to be safe in their schools and communities. More than 3,300 Americans have been killed by guns since December 14, 2012, and still, these politicians deny the reality of this ongoing tragedy. Meanwhile, mothers and fathers across the country are saying, Not again, not our children. We cannot continue to allow these tragedies to happen. The lives of our children depend on strong action now. Now – before the NRA s lobbyists weaken the bill in backroom deals – is the time for the Senate to vote. Let Americans see – from the very first vote cast – which Senators side with them and their loved ones over the gun lobby. We will not stand for a watered-down, ineffective version of this critical piece of legislation. Universal, enforceable background checks are crucial to preventing guns from ending up in the hands of dangerous people, and the 91% of Americans who support this reform are organizing, mobilizing and demanding action. We will be watching very closely to see how Senators act in the coming days.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.