The House Committee on Oversight and Reform examines the role of gun manufacturers in flooding our communities with weapons of war and fueling America’s gun violence crisis. The Committee sent letters to several companies, including Daniel Defense, LLC, Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., Sturm, Ruger & Company. Smith & Wesson CEO backed out and failed to testify; a subpoena is forthcoming.
In the News:
After the SCOTUS Bruen ruling, Massachusetts legislators are working to shore up the state’s licensing laws.
Many gun control policies have majority approval among polled Americans.
A retired Major who served in the Iraqi war explains the difference between AR15’s in war and in the civilian market.
Teachers and students are on the front lines of gun violence at schools.
In response to recent mass shootings, Pat Benatar won’t sing her song on stage.
SHV joins the MA Coalitionto Prevent Gun Violence for a lobby day during the final days of Massachusetts legislative session.
Did you know that assault weapons are banned in Massachusetts but they continue to be manufactured here? Massachusetts-made assault weapons are used in high-profile mass shootings across the U.S. The shooter at the Highland Park 4th of July Parade used a Massachusetts-made assault weapon to kill seven individuals last week. Together, we can stop the flow of weapons from Massachusetts to other states.
The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind for gun violence prevention in our country.
Today: The U.S. House passed the Safer Communities Act which was passed by the Senate yesterday. That means gun legislation will be on the president’s desk for signature for the first time in 30 years. We wish the bill did more to close loopholes in our federal gun laws, but are proud of the years of work by supporters and advocates to get this monumental bill passed.
Yesterday: The Supreme Court STRUCK DOWN the New York gun law that required people to show “proper cause” to get a license to carry a concealed handgun outside the home. The vote was 6-3. While this is a devastating loss for New York, we believe Massachusetts‘ gun laws remain intact.
The Senate Safer Communities Act passes and attempts to address the boyfriend loophole.
Have you seen us? Stop Handgun Violence has been out & about in Boston and beyond!
In response to the rise in gun violence, our organizer Sonya worked with local March for Our Lives students to execute a Boston rally in 2 weeks with 1,000+ supporters on Saturday June 11th.
We stood out with Grandmothers Against Gun Violence at their monthly June rally in Hyannis.
The Red Sox Foundation hosted a gun violence discussion panel with Stop Handgun Violence, March for Our Lives, Giffords, and U.S. Attorney Rollins at the iconic Fenway Park. Watch the Facebook stream here.
The Red Sox gave tribute to the gun violence epidemic at game day!Watch their video on lives taken by guns.
We joined survivors Gabby Giffords & David Hogg to throw the first pitch at the Red Sox game!
SHV in the News:
What are commonsense gun laws and how can they save lives?
Proposals fall far short of what is needed to stop mass shootings.
John Rosenthal speaks to America’s Gun Violence with Jim & Margery on GBH podcast.
Washington Post opinion piece:6 solutions to gun violence that could work.
A CBS interview: U.S. struggles with wave of gun violence.
New York has strong gun laws that prohibit the possession of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones likely used in this attack. However, neighboring states like Ohio and Pennsylvania do not. One of the guns in the possession of the 18-year old shooter was reportedly purchased in Pennsylvania.
New York Congressman Brian Higgins responds to the Buffalo shooting.
We agree with New York Congressman Higgins that a federal assault rifle weapons ban is long past due.
…other hate crimes in the past week.
A Las Vegas man who the authorities say opened fire on a Taiwanese congregation at a Southern California church on Sunday May 15th was motivated by hatred. Dr. John Cheng who tried to stop the shooter was killed, plus 5 people were injured.
In Dallas, a suspect was finally arrested for a shooting on May 12th where three Korean women were injured. The Police Chief suggests it could be part of a string of similar hate crime incidents targeting Asian businesses.
Thanks to students in Ms. Harvey’s class for hosting SHV! We answered questions on community gun violence and heard what they’re doing to make a difference.