Politics Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall
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A gun control group helmed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday unveiled a Gun Violence Memorial on the National Mall to honor Americans who have died in shootings.
Giffords was joined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other gun control advocates, including Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), for a press conference to discuss the memorial and to stress the need to pass gun safety legislation.
The memorial honors the 40,000 people who die from gun violence each year with 40,000 silk flowers. Giffords said that the memorial is a tribute to victims, as well as a call on the Senate to act on gun violence prevention legislation. It is open for public viewing and will be taken down on Friday.
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“There's so much trauma when you lose a loved one in that way," said Mucarsel-Powell, whose father died at the hands of a gunman, and who is now a senior adviser with the gun advocacy group Giffords.The former Democratic lawmaker, who was the first South American-born member of Congress, will now be working on what she calls her “life mission” by joining Giffords, a gun control advocacy group, as a senior adviser, the organization is announcing Tuesday. The group is named after former Arizona Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded during a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
Today we're unveiling the Gun Violence Memorial-an installation of 40,000 flowers on the National Mall to show the scope of our gun violence crisis.
40,000 people are killed with guns each year.
This is a tribute to them and a call on the Senate to find the- Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) .
The installation was designed by Doug Landry, who is also the artist behind the COVID-19 installation on the National Mall.
"We are at a crossroads. We can let the shooting continue or we can act. We can protect our families, our future. We can vote. We can be on the right side of history. Please join us in this fight," Giffords, herself a gun violence survivor, said.
Reps. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Lucy McBath (D-Fla.), and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), also attended the press conference.
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President Joe Biden will target "ghost guns" with executive actions on Thursday. Here's what to know about the "dangerous" and "untraceable" firearms.Among the actions Biden will announce is directing the Department of Justice to propose a rule within 30 days to stop the proliferation of "ghost guns," a sort of untraceable weapon often made from a kit that currently does not require a background check.
President Biden last weeksix actions the administration is planning to take to tackle gun violence prevention, including action on "ghost guns" and "red flag laws."
The president called on Congress to pass two bills the House passed last month. One would strengthen background checks, and the other would close the so-called Charleston loophole by extending the time federal investigators have to conduct background checks.
He also called on Congress to pass an assault weapon ban and a ban on high-capacity magazines, which was passed in 1994 under President Clinton and expired in 2004.
As mass shootings mount, enacting stricter gun laws is the morally right thing to do .
An estimated 22% of U.S. gun owners acquired their most recent firearm without a background check. This ought to shock us all. Even amid unprecedented death and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic, American gun deaths reached a historic high, with mass shootings jumping nearly 50%. Guns now kill about 40,000 Americans a year, comparable to the toll of vehicle accidents (39,000), breast cancer (42,000), liver disease (43,000) and pancreatic cancer (45,000). We must not become numb to this continual flood of needless and senseless death.