The Newtown tragedy served as a wake-up call about the epidemic of mass shootings and violence in this country, as well as a sobering reminder of the problem of inadequate mental health services and relatively easy access to assault weapons in the United States.
Consequently, ANA is urging congressional leaders to support legislation that will enhance public safety and curb gun violence.
ANA recently sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner urging passage of the Senate (S. 150) and House (H.R. 437) versions of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. Both pieces of legislation would strengthen existing gun laws and enhance public safety by banning assault weapons. ANA also sent a letter to Sen. Reid urging support for S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act. This legislation would tighten existing gun trafficking laws and require universal background checks for all firearm purchases.
Additionally, the White House is calling for passage of common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence through a massive social media campaign.
To learn more about ANA’s position on gun violence, please visit our Legislative Agenda page. To learn more about White House efforts go here.