HRC called on the House to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, legislation that mandates universal background checks for the purchase of firearms in the United States. Last month, following the bill’s introduction, HRC announced its support of H.R. 8 and a similar bill in the Senate, and called on Members of Congress to follow the lead of gun reform advocates, including former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who has been a vocal proponent of the measure.
“It is long past time for Congress and this White House to take real action in bringing an end to gun violence,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “There is bipartisan support for meaningful steps to stop these preventable tragedies, including an assurance that no person in this country can purchase a firearm without clearing a background check. From Newtown to Orlando to Parkland to Pittsburgh, and all of the other communities that are devastated by acts of gun violence every day that never make the news, Americans have called for action, only to be ignored. No more.”
In 2016, after a gunman killed 49 people - most of them LGBTQ and Latinx - in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, HRC’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution that addresses both the epidemic of hate that has fueled anti-LGBTQ-motivated murder, assault and discrimination as well as common-sense gun violence prevention policies that would help keep the LGBTQ community safe. The resolution established HRC’s organizational position that the safety of LGBTQ people in the United States requires the adoption of common-sense gun violence prevention measures, including limiting access to assault-style rifles, expanding background checks, and limiting the ability for suspected terrorists--and those with a history of violence against women--to access guns.
According to Everytown for Gun Safety, more than 33,000 gun deaths happen every year.
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