Two days after the school shooting Three children and three employees were killed At a private Christian school in Nashville, Democratic lawmakers are reintroducing legislation they say will help the nation understand the “ongoing epidemic of gun violence.”
House and Senate Democrats held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to revive their efforts to fund research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that would track gun violence in the United States and Inform firearms safety measures.
“We know this isn’t a panacea, but it’s one piece of the puzzle that has been banned for 20 years because knowledge is power,” said sponsor of the bill Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts. for a very long time, [National Rifle Association] And their followers in the United States House and Senate wanted to take power away from the people.”
The Gun Violence Prevention Research Act, which Democratic lawmakers introduced after several mass shootings in recent years, would authorize $50 million each fiscal year over the next five years to advance gun violence prevention and gun safety research at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. Democrats said it would complement research projects already overseen by the CDC, including research to understand the unique harms youth experience, mitigate gun violence in high-risk communities, stop gun suicide among military service members and veterans and more. that.
On Monday, six people were killed at a private Christian school in Nashville when he was shot Emotionally disturbed 28 year old feminine who identified as a transgender man who went on a shooting spree with two shotguns and a handgun, police said.
Three children and three adults were killed in the shooting. The victims are: Evelyn Dechhaus, 9, Haley Scruggs, 9, William Kenny, 9, Cynthia Beck, 61, Kathryn Consey, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.
was a shooter Neutralized by responding police officers With the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The names of the officers are Michael Collazo, 31, and Rex Engelbert, 27.
In response to the shootings, Democrats renewed their demands for gun control legislation. The White House called on Congress to “do something,” while Republicans said there was The mental health crisis facing the nation which cannot be fixed by gun laws. Democrats reject this answer.
“How many lives must be lost before Congress can act?” Markey student at the press conference. “How many families need to be torn apart?”
Republicans previously opposed expanded funding for gun violence research at the CDC, arguing that such efforts would lead to “propaganda” for gun seizures. Representative Tim Burchett, R-Tennessee, said Tuesday that Congress should not get involved after the mass shootings, arguing that federal lawmakers are unable to prevent gun crimes and will “screw things up.”
Resent the efforts on both sides of the aisle to The politicization of tragedyHe described it as a “terrible situation”.
Democrats admit their bill wouldn’t have stopped the shootings in Nashville. However, House Representative Elisa Slutkin, D-Mich., argued that it is the duty of elected officials to protect children by funding studies that can contribute to gun safety, comparing the bill to studies the US government conducted on seat belts and car seats in the 1970s. and the 1980s to improve the safety of children in cars. She said these studies were “fundamental” to pressure car seats and seat belts that saved lives.
“To my colleagues who refuse to consider any gun safety legislation: If you are certain that any gun safety legislation is bad, you should at least be willing to study the problem and get data that says you need to do something to protect our children,” she challenged.