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STATEMENT: Generation Progress’ Maggie Thompson on Positive Momentum for Gun Safety Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 23, 2016

CONTACT: Kyle Epstein, 202-481-8137

kepstein@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C.— The Democrat-led sit-in on the House floor demanding votes on gun safety legislation finally let up early this afternoon, but Congress adjourned before any votes on the issue were held, leaving the dramatic standoff unresolved. Still, the drumbeat carries on as young people, who are disproportionately impacted by gun violence, continue speaking out to decry gun violence, hate, and congressional inaction. Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement:

“On the heels of Senator Chris Murphy’s filibuster and the House Democratic sit-in, the message from gun violence prevention advocates is clear: enough is enough.  And while it is inspiring to see the movement march forward with unprecedented momentum, unlike Congress, young people don’t get to go on recess from the gun violence that impacts their everyday lives. We know this is an epidemic that extends beyond mass shootings, and as Congress after Congress has proved unwilling to pass meaningful legislation on an issue that injures or kills nearly 100,000 Americans every year, we especially thank those champions in the House and Senate who have finally reached a boiling point over legislative inaction and are standing up for our generation. This is an issue that disproportionately affects young people, and young people of color especially. Legislators would do well to listen as young people continue to speak out, whether during recess or in the voting booths in November.”

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Kyle Epstein at kepstein@americanprogress.org or 202.481.8137

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