PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE.
No one should live in fear of gun violence.
On the issue:
No child should fear for their life at school. No worker should fear a mass shooting at their job. Weapons of war don’t belong in our neighborhoods. Gun violence prevention is a public health issue, and Lauren believes that Congress must respond accordingly with data-driven, evidence-based policies.
Just six weeks after she took office, five people were killed and six were wounded by a mass shooter in Aurora, IL. That preventable tragedy in an Illinois workplace took place just one day after the eleven-year anniversary of another mass shooting at Northern Illinois University. Lauren is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
- With Lauren’s leadership, the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act to establish universal background checks for all gun sales and close loopholes that make it easy for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns.
- Lauren secured $25 million to study gun violence as a public health issue, the first federal research into gun violence in more than two decades.
- As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Lauren has made addressing the veteran suicide crisis a top priority. More than 7,300 veterans, servicemembers, reservists, and members of the National Guard die by suicide each year. Lauren’s bipartisan legislation to ensure high-quality mental health and suicide prevention care for veterans, The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act, passed the House with unanimous support.