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Gun Violence Prevention

Require Universal, Comprehensive Background Checks

Oregon and a few other states have strong background check requirements, but unfortunately people can simply cross state lines and buy weapons in states with background check loopholes. That’s why Congress must take action. Universal background checks would help stop criminals from getting weapons they are not legally allowed to purchase.

Nationally, millions of guns are exchanged each year without a background check. In states like Oregon that require a background check for all gun sales, there has been a significant drop in domestic violence deaths and suicide.

 

Uphold the Second Amendment

I support the rights of gun owners, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens who understand the responsibilities that go along with gun ownership. Every step taken to reduce gun violence must be constitutional and consistent with the Second Amendment.

 

Limit Gun Magazine Sizes

I support banning the sale of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. In Orlando, the shooter who perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history was able to fire twenty rounds in nine seconds. The shooter at Newtown fired 154 rounds. The shooter in Aurora came equipped with a 100-round drum magazine.

 

Reinstate the Ban on Military Style Assault Weapons 

The shootings in Newtown, Clackamas Town Center, and Aurora all involved the use of weapons that would have been illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. Although the 1994 law was not flawless, I support efforts to stop future sales of military-style assault weapons. These guns and the ammunition they carry are designed for one thing: killing a lot of people very quickly. They don’t belong in our communities. Stopping future sales of these deadly weapons is a commonsense measure that will help save innocent lives.

 

Allow and Fund Gun Violence Research

Gun violence kills about 30,000 Americans every year, and it’s the second-leading killer of individuals ages 10-34. Americans are dying of gun violence at rates that far outpace the rest of the western world, but unfortunately Congress has used the appropriations process to effectively ban the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying gun violence. The American people deserve to have our nation’s leading researchers and scientists studying the effects of gun violence, and I am working to make this happen.

 

 

More on Gun Violence Prevention

April 24, 2018 In The News

Confronting a nationwide epidemic of school violence and decades of inaction from lawmakers, the Vernon Elementary School choir made a prediction — or maybe a promise.

"The times they are a-changin," they sang.

Facing the stage in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the crowd of thousands raised their hands in the v-shaped peace sign, their heads bobbing along to the old Bob Dylan tune.

"The students here are going to take over the world," said retiree Colin Persichetti of Southwest Portland. "I'm looking to them to get this country out of the hole it's in."

March 30, 2018 In The News

Guns and safety headlined a town hall Thursday with U.S. Rep Suzanne Bonamici at Astoria High School.

A small crowd turned out for the discussion, the congresswoman’s sixth this month during a spring tour of her district in Northwest Oregon. She started out thanking Astoria sophomores Isabel Talley and Kegan Rascoe, who handed her a stack of 78 signed form letters from students and staff calling for more federal funding to improve school safety.

March 24, 2018 In The News

SEATTLE (AP) — High school students on Saturday led thousands of protesters in Seattle and other Northwest cities demanding tighter gun regulations following recent deadly school shootings.

Students in Seattle held signs that read "Not One More" and chanted "Right now, Right here, we refuse to live in fear." Teachers protested President Donald Trump's proposal to arm some of them to protect students from potential attackers.

March 24, 2018 In The News

Thousands of marchers filled the North Park Blocks of downtown Portland Saturday, March 24, before surging down Broadway and into Pioneer Courthouse Square, to protest violence in schools and a lack of action by lawmakers.

The March For Our Lives occurred here, in Washington, D.C., and around the nation, prompted by the February shooting of 17 people in a high school in Parkland, Fla. Police kept the surging crowds away from traffic, a couple of small scuffles broke out near the Park Blocks, and speakers filled Pioneer Courthouse Square for most of the morning.

March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the government through September.
March 21, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement about the recently released government funding bill, which includes increased investments in Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants that support well-rounded education programs.
March 15, 2018 In The News

talia Rentsch never used to be fearful or going to school.

Now, the McMinnville High School student told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Monday, she lives with a heightened sense of fear.

“The fire alarm went off once recently, and my gut dropped,” she told Bonamici, who represents McMinnville in Oregon’s First Congressional District. “I said, ‘I am not going outside.’”

March 15, 2018 In The News

Natalia Rentsch never used to be fearful or going to school.

Now, the McMinnville High School student told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Monday, she lives with a heightened sense of fear.

“The fire alarm went off once recently, and my gut dropped,” she told Bonamici, who represents McMinnville in Oregon’s First Congressional District. “I said, ‘I am not going outside.’”

March 15, 2018 In The News

Don Watson, a retired McMinnville math teacher, told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici at a town hall Monday he is concerned about gridlock in Congress.

“What can we do to increase bipartisanship, even with an administration that’s wacko?” he asked, drawing a chuckle from the 100 or so people gathered to speak with Bonamici at Chemeketa Community College’s McMinnville campus.

March 14, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood in solidarity with students participating in the National School Walkout to protest gun violence.