This morning’s deadly Brooklyn subway shooting underscores the urgent need to address gun violence in this country.
We are in the fourth month of 2022 and our nation has suffered approximately 150 mass shootings with casualty numbers nearing the 200’s. Mass shootings are a part of our daily news cycle. This can not be our normal way of living. But the GOP has politicized efforts to keep our communities safe from gun violence.
Yesterday President Joe Biden who is committed to ending gun violence issued an executive order making it illegal to buy or sell ghost guns, firearms that have no serial numbers and can be acquired without a background check. Ghost guns are the choice weapons for many terrorists, criminals, and domestic abusers. Biden considers this is “basic common sense.”
Biden also nominated Steve Dettelbach as director of ATF so that this agency has leadership to enforce our gun laws. He is a highly respected former U.S. Attorney and career prosecutor who has a proven track record of working with federal, state, and local law enforcement to fight violent crime and combat domestic violent extremism and religious violence. The ATF has lacked a director for the past six years.
At JAC we stand firmly with the Biden administration and its efforts to keep our communities safe. We need to elect more candidates who will work to end violence sweeping our nation. While today our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thoughts and prayers are not enough.