Gun Safety

The House Judiciary Committee voted to advance Congressman Adam Schiff’s (D-Burbank) Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, clearing the way for a vote on the House floor. Along with yesterday’s markup of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, this represents one of the most significant congressional acts in a decade on two of gun safety advocates’ top legislative priorities.

“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. [It is] not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA V. HELLER, 2008

It brings us immense pleasure to share the groundbreaking news that one of the most significant bills of today’s time has officially been given the green light. Proposed by Maxwell Frost, this piece of legislation has gained immense support and momentum from Leaders We Deserve, young activists, organizers, and leaders across our movement. This landmark decision will come to fruition via the Biden Executive Action, marking a pivotal moment not just for our organization but for the entire nation.

It has been an honor to witness the visionary leadership of Maxwell Frost, who has worked tirelessly to create a safer, inclusive America for all. The impact of this bill will undoubtedly reach millions of Americans, making an incalculable difference in their lives. We are endlessly grateful to everyone who has put in the effort, time, and resources to make this momentous decision a reality.

Moreover, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to March for Our Lives and David Hogg for their unwavering support and tireless efforts to push for the enactment of this legislation. Their zeal, combined with the support of the broader community, has been instrumental in this journey towards creating a better tomorrow. Together, we can bring about positive change and make our world a more equitable, just, and inclusive place for everyone.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to advance Congressman Adam Schiff’s (D-Burbank) Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, clearing the way for a vote on the House floor. Along with yesterday’s markup of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, this represents one of the most significant congressional acts in a decade on two of gun safety advocates’ top legislative priorities.

Click here to read the full bill text, and click here for a fact sheet.

On average, at least 200 Americans are non-fatally injured with a firearm each day. The majority of these injuries are gun assaults, while less than 5% are suicide attempts.

The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking. READ MORE

It is no secret that the debate over gun laws and gun control in the United States has been ongoing for years. However, recent research has made it clear that gun laws can and do work to prevent tragedies involving firearms. Contrary to some arguments, it has also been emphasized that gun safety laws are fully compatible with the Second Amendment. The urgent need for stricter gun laws is made evident by the alarming statistic of nearly 40,000 American lives being lost every year due to weak gun safety laws. Any life lost due to gun violence is one too many, and the time for change is now.