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House prepares to vote on preventing gun violence

The House could vote as soon as this week on two common-sense gun reform bills: the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), which would require a background check for every gun sold and most transfers, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 1446), which would extend the initial background check review period from 3 to 10 days.

Like most Americans, NEA members overwhelmingly support universal background checks. Firearms are the leading cause of death for African American children, and the second leading cause of death for all American children. Everytown for Gun Safety identified 549 incidents of gunfire on school grounds between 2013 and 2019. The U.S. government’s K-12 school shooting database shows a record number of incidents of gun violence in the last 3 years—the most since 1970, which is as far back as the data goes. Help keep our students safe by requiring a background check for every gun sold.


Urge your senators and representative to support common-sense gun reforms.

10 responses to “House prepares to vote on preventing gun violence

  1. You may not believe this, but a few years ago, the GOP-controlled Congress passed a bill making it easier for mentally handicapped people to buy guns. Increased background checks should occur, if for no other reason.

  2. I am reminded of the riddle, “Do guns kill people or do people kill people?” Can it. be resolved by the statement, “people kill people… with guns”? The gun reform should focus on, and there is broad American support, requiring and enforcing enhanced universal background checks; I even have concerns on gun owning privileges such as not requiring a license or permit to carry a gun in public.

  3. As a retired high school teacher, and an American living in the US during the past few years, I can’t imagine why anyone would be against passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), and the Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 1446).

    Remember the Capitol!

  4. As a public educator for 36 years in NC, I have seen too many children lose their parents, their friends and neighbors to senseless acts of gun violence. I’ve lost students to gun violence.
    I simply want our leadership to be very concerned and act in a way that we can have stricter policies and laws without removing rights. Please consider for the safety of our nation. Thank You.

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