U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson: When it comes to gun violence, inaction is not an option

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson: When it comes to gun violence, inaction is not an option

The recent shooting in downtown Sacramento was the worst mass shooting in the city’s history — and it came just weeks after a father shot and killed his three daughters, a supervising official, and himself. We are all very aware of these most recent shootings, but the reality is that 30 Americans are killed every day by someone using a gun, and that number jumps to over 100 when you factor in suicides and accidental shootings. The fact of the matter is that when criminals and the dangerously mentally ill get possession of firearms, tragedy follows. No one law can solve this, but there are steps that would help. California has some of the strongest gun regulations in the nation, including universal background checks and protections for victims of domestic violence, and for this reason California has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the country – but that begs the question of how does a shooting like what occurred in Sacramento even happen? One reason is that guns don’t stop at state lines. In 2022, 29 states do not require a background check for gun sales by unlicensed sellers. Another reason is that criminals continue to steal firearms and obtain guns by other illegal practices. In order to reduce gun violence, we must crack down on criminals and gang activity. The unfortunate reality is that these tragedies still occur and we cannot stop them all. Until we pass strong federal gun violence prevention laws, California will […]

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