Tomorrow at 10:00am ET, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Will Host A Hearing On Reducing Gun Violence and Mass Shootings; WATCH HERE
WASHINGTON –– Today, Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements in advance of tomorrow’s House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security’s hearing on reducing gun violence and mass shootings. The hearing, chaired by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), will take place at 10:00am and can be viewed here.
Every day, more than 100 Americans are shot and killed and over 230 more are wounded, and Everytown research has found that there have been 251 mass shootings since 2009 resulting in 1,426 people shot and killed and at least 958 people shot and wounded. The hearing is the latest in a series of important moments for gun safety in the House. The House has already passed several life saving measures this session, including a bill to require background checks on all gun sales, a bill to address the Charleston loophole, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to close the dating partner loophole, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act— all of which President Biden has called for.
“Members of the House Judiciary Committee continue to shine a spotlight on the common-sense steps we can take to address our nation’s gun violence crisis,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “A clear majority of Americans want Congress to take action on gun safety, and this hearing is the latest proof that the gun sense majority in the House is listening to the people.”
“The coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop gun violence — it compounded the epidemic leading to 2020 being the deadliest year in decades,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “We don’t have to accept this senseless violence as normal, which is why I’m thankful that Chairwoman Jackson Lee and other gun sense leaders in Congress continue to take action and bring attention to common-sense gun safety policies that will save lives.”
The Senate has also held multiple hearings this year on gun violence, including a full Senate Judiciary hearing, two additional subcommittee hearings, and a third announced for next week. Additionally, the Biden-Harris administration has announced historic efforts to take on gun violence—providing a united front in Washington for action.