Opinion: House passage of guns bill shows Dems action on real 'national emergency'


    A wave of gun control activism surged across the United States in 2018, but it led to little action from the federal government, until now.

    The Democratic-led House recently passed legislation strengthening the background check system for gun purchases.

    The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 passed largely along party lines with 240 to 190 vote margins. This is an example of Democrats flexing their power in response to a real national emergency.

    This legislation mandates background checks be performed on all gun sales, including firearm purchases made online or at gun shows, eliminating the gun show loophole.

    Under current law, only licensed gun dealers are required to conduct a background check for someone seeking to obtain a gun.

    Face the facts. Americans ages 15 to 29 are injured by firearms at a rate 70 percent higher than the national average.

    Last year, guns became the third leading cause of death for children and teens in the U.S. — in some states even surpassing the number of those killed by car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    As a native Chicagoan, I know all too well the scourge of gun violence. Thoughts, prayers, and moments of silence don’t answer our rising gun violence problem—it’s time for action.

    Let’s get to the point: Kids should be able to attend school safely and walk freely in their communities without fearing for their lives. Republicans must put America first not the gun lobby.

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