Efforts to Address Gun Violence Should Not Include Increased Surveillance

This month marks one year since a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter took the lives of 17 people and gravely wounded 17 others. Still reeling from the trauma, Parkland students mobilized swiftly and effectively, connecting with young activists across the country to demand immediate, comprehensive legislation that addresses widespread gun violence.

Also this month—and for the first time in nearly a decade—the House Judiciary C...

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No More Thoughts. No More Prayers. It’s Time for Action on Gun Violence.

The nation’s gun violence epidemic has gone on for far too long. Whether headline-grabbing mass shootings or the daily plague of shootings in our cities and communities, the families of gun violence victims have had enough. In this powerful video, they are speaking up and letting their elected officials know they will stand quietly by no longer.

Andrew Satter is the director of Video at the Center. Jasmine Hardy is the video editor at the Center. Aloha Backenstose is the...

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STATEMENT: CAP’s Chelsea Parsons Applauds House’s Introduction of Bipartisan Background Check Legislation

Washington, D.C. — Today, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (D-CA)—alongside former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) on the eighth anniversary of the shooting that nearly took her life—introduced a bipartisan bill requiring universal background checks for the sales and transfers of firearms. Chelsea Parsons, vice president for Gun Violence Prevention at the Center for American Progress, issued...

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RELEASE: Evidence-Backed Strategies Should Guide School Security Efforts

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report analyzing the effectiveness and unintended consequences of hardening schools. Over the past few decades, mass shootings at American schools have prompted federal and state officials to increase investment in these products and services, propelling the industry to more than $2.7 billion in total sales annually.

While so much more is being spent on school security, this report finds that efforts have not ...

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STATEMENT: School Safety Commission Recommendations Would Roll Back Civil Rights Protections, Ignore Threats to Student Safety

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Federal Commission on School Safety released a new report that purports to outline the best practices and policy recommendations for enhancing school safety. The body writing the report, which was established on the heels of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, largely ignored the role guns play in mass school shootings. The body also recommends reversing guidance put in place by the Obama administration to narrow rac...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Universal Background Checks

What is a firearm background check?

A firearm background check is the process by which a gun seller determines whether a prospective buyer is legally eligible to purchase a gun. Under both federal and state laws, certain individuals are barred from gun possession for reasons such as violent felony convictions or history of domestic violence.1 The FBI operates the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to conduct background checks.2 In addition, some states elect to conduc...

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RELEASE: CAP Memo Outlines Priorities for New Congress in Early 2019: Political Reforms and a Progressive Legislative Agenda

Washington, D.C. — A new memo from the Center for American Progress outlines early 2019 priorities for the new majority that will take control of Congress at the start of next year, with systemwide political reforms and a strong progressive legislative agenda at the top of the list.

“The U.S. House of Representatives must … begin its work in early 2019 by … embracing difficult but consequential reforms such as banning lobbyist fundraising. Alongside those reforms must come a progres...

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RELEASE: Weak Gun Laws Have Had Detrimental Effects on Community Safety in Missouri

Washington, D.C. — Every 10 hours, a person is killed with a firearm in Missouri. It is no surprise that the state’s strength of gun legislation ranks second to last in the nation, and Missouri’s rates of gun homicides, women killed by guns, children killed by guns, and gun thefts are among the highest in the United States. Meanwhile, in the face of these alarming statistics, Missouri policymakers have systematically weakened the state’s gun laws by passing dangerous bills.

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Weak Gun Laws and Public Safety Concerns in the State of Missouri

Weak gun laws have been directly tied to higher rates of gun violence, and Missouri has some of the weakest in the country. According to an analysis by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence,1 the strength of Missouri’s gun laws ranks second to last in the United States. The state has further weakened its gun laws in recent years by passing dangerous bills, such as one that repealed a law requiring a permit to purchase a firearm.2 And during the 2018 legislative session, state leg...

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STATEMENT: Neera Tanden on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Washington, D.C.—Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

This has been a trying week in America. Today’s horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh is the third in a series of hate-filled events, from the shooting at a Kentucky grocery store to the numerous pipe ...

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