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Because of your advocacy, President Biden has set the tone; now it’s past time for Congress to act. Whether through the significant investment in  community-based violence intervention problems or common-sense gun regulations—Congress has an essential role to play in ending this epidemic once and for all.

Actions, Gun Violence Prevention, Racial Justice

Because of your advocacy, President Biden has set the tone; now it’s past time for Congress to act. We applaud the Biden-Harris administration for their initial actions addressing the gun violence epidemic. These actions include a $5 billion investment in community violence intervention programs; rules to help stop the spread of untraceable “ghost guns” and regulate stabilizing braces, which modify a gun to make it more lethal; and a plan to publish model state legislation for extreme risk protection orders (ERPO).

This historic moment in the gun violence prevention movement would not be possible without the tireless efforts of  young advocates, particularly Black and Brown organizers, many of whom have been directly impacted by the epidemic. 

In 2020 alone, 43,000 were killed by gun violence. Young Americans, particularly young Black men, are disproportionately likely to be a victim of gun violence, due to decades of societal and economic conditions that have made them more susceptible and vulnerable to gun violence. Millennials and members of Gen Z are consistent leaders in the movement to address this crisis, successfully raising awareness of gun violence in all of its forms, and centering the voices of people who have been directly impacted.

But in order to end this epidemic, we must address the root causes of gun violence and treat the gun violence epidemic as a symptom of a larger issue. Our elected leaders must pass life-saving legislation such as universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons, and invest further in the communities most  impacted  by gun violence. All levels of  government need to take a public health approach to addressing gun violence, treating it as the intersectional, multi-faceted issue that it is. 

Thank the Biden-Harris Administration for their historic actions to reduce all forms of gun violence and Tell  Congress to do their part.

The need to implement a comprehensive federal approach to reducing gun violence remains urgent. Read more about Gun Violence Prevention Priorities from Center for American Progress