Throughout a Capitol Hill information convention on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing) introduced three legislative measures geared toward curbing gun violence that continues to grip the nation.
“I grew to become the primary congresswoman in America to have two faculty shootings in her district,” mentioned Slotkin in regards to the mass shootings at Michigan State College (MSU) and Oxford Excessive College. They occurred 16 months aside.
Slotkin, who’s now operating for U.S. Senate, represented Oxford on the time of the Oxford Excessive College capturing in November 2021 during which 4 college students have been killed and 7 individuals injured. She at the moment represents Michigan State College the place a mass capturing occurred on Feb. 13 that left three college students lifeless and 5 injured.
“Our youngsters are being traumatized and killed of their sanctuaries,” mentioned Slotkin. “They’re asking for our assist.”
“Stopping extra gun violence in our faculties and on our streets is a matter of homeland safety – not politics,” she added later within the information convention.
One invoice would bar the switch of a gun for 3 years to somebody who has been convicted of a misdemeanor in the event that they used, carried or possessed a gun in the course of the crime.
A second measure would require a one-week ready interval earlier than a purchaser can obtain a gun. A 3rd invoice, reintroduced with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), known as The Gun Violence Prevention Analysis Act would authorize $50 million every fiscal yr over the following 5 years to spice up the CDC’s firearms security and gun violence prevention analysis.
Calls to U.S.Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) concerning the laws weren’t returned.
Becoming a member of Slotkin was MSU capturing survivor Devin Woodruff, in addition to Dylan Morris, who survived the mass capturing at Oxford Excessive College.
“So have Dylan and Devin – the Oxford and MSU college students becoming a member of us right now who’ve survived each,” Slotkin added. “We, as a society, have to step up and resolve to guard our youngsters in order that a complete technology of younger People isn’t outlined by gun violence.”
“We want concrete legal guidelines to save lots of our lives,” mentioned Woodruff in regards to the MSU capturing. “… We want Congress to behave now.”
Morris mentioned that his group is “now left shattered.” He mentioned he believes that the set of laws will assist to create “evidence-based options.”
Markey known as for federal laws “to assist save lives — now” and talked about the Monday mass capturing in Nashville, Tenn., the place a 28-year-old fatally shot three youngsters and three adults at a personal Christian elementary faculty.
“We now should act,” mentioned Markey.
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