Engel Issues Statement on Gun Violence Awareness Day

Engel Issues Statement on Gun Violence Awareness Day

Bronx, NY – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force who has a lifetime “F” rating from the NRA, issued the following statement recognizing Gun Violence Awareness Day:

“This Gun Violence Awareness Day it is critical we remember and honor those we have lost to senseless gun violence and recommit ourselves to finally passing meaningful gun control measures. It has been over 450 days since the House passed commonsense and bipartisan legislation in H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act, and in that time tens of thousands have been injured or killed by someone using a gun. Clearly, in addition to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the racial injustice epidemic highlighted by the death of George Floyd, our country is also plagued by a gun violence epidemic. 

“It is beyond unacceptable that the Senate has not acted on H.R. 8. When will Senator McConnell and his GOP cronies realize their constant inaction has led to senseless loss of life? It’s a total disgrace, and we will not stand for it.

“Expand background checks. Ban assault weapons. Institute higher safety standards for gun storage locks. This is what we need to do right now to keep Americans safe.”