Congressional committees and subcommittees hold hearings to obtain information, hear from experts, and analyze data as they debate proposed legislation before it is sent to the House floor for a vote. Hearings are on a wide range of subjects from health, border security, energy, to information technology and public lands. This is an important part of the Congressional process.
Congress has not held a hearing on gun safety in eight years. In those eight years, the rate of mass shooting has tripled and we have seen each year more than 124,000 Americans became victims of gun violence.
The NRA-backed representatives were more loyal to the NRA than the safety of their constituents during that time.
Gun violence plagues every Congressional district - even those where the representative sides with the NRA.
The 2018 election brought change. Finally this Wednesday,
the House Judiciary Committee will have a hearing on HR 8, a universal background check bill. This important bill will expand the Brady Background Check bill to cover all private firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet, or in classified ads. Closing these loopholes will save lives.
Introduced in 1987,
the Brady bill took six years and seven votes be signed into law. After the bill went into effect, gun murders fell by 32 percent. States that have expanded their own background check laws saw a dramatic drop in gun violence against women.
HR 8 was introduced during the first week of the new Congress.
We can't afford to wait six years for this bill to be passed. People's lives are depending on Congress to act quickly and swiftly.
Call your Representative at 202-224-3121. Make sure he or she is a cosponsor of the bill.
It is critical to have more Republican cosponsors on the bill. Once the House passes the bill, it will be sent to the Senate. The Republicans in the Senate need to see that their Republican friends in the House are ready to make gun safety a priority.
Voters showed that
gun violence was one of their top issues when they went to the polls in 2018. We need to make sure that Congress remembers that.
Don't stay silent.
Congress needs to hear from you.
source: Mother Jones
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