For Immediate Release
Mariya Parodi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Congress Must Immediately Address Gun Violence in the U.S.
WASHINGTON - Amnesty International USA today made an announcement calling for Congress to cut short its August recess and call an emergency session to immediately address gun violence in the United States. Ernest Coverson, End Gun Violence campaign manager at Amnesty International USA said:
“We can no longer accept the dangerous reality in which we live. The House has passed several measures that would help reduce gun violence, but the Senate has yet to bring them up for discussion even though lives are at stake.”
“Gun violence in the U.S. is a human rights crisis. This is an emergency. It will continue to be an emergency until our lawmakers treat it as such.”
Amnesty International USA is calling on Congress to return to Washington and vote on legislation combating this crisis, starting with requiring background checks for the sale of every gun. Reforms should also include a ban on civilian possession of semi-automatic assault rifles and shotguns, large capacity magazines, and other dangerous devices; weapons-grade assault rifles; prohibiting firearm possession by individuals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes; safe storage legislation; and funding for research that can inform evidence and research-based policy solutions to address gun violence.
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
Never Miss a Beat.
Get our best delivered to your inbox.
A report by Amnesty International, “In the Line of Fire: Human Rights and the U.S. Gun Violence Crisis” examined how all aspects of American life have been compromised in some way by the unfettered access to guns, with no attempts at meaningful national regulation.
Last month, Amnesty International published a report examining whether the US has met its obligation under human rights law to provide effective remedies to survivors of gun violence.
This week, Amnesty International issued a travel advisory for the United States due to rampant gun violence.
This statement is available at: https://www.amnestyusa.org/congress-must-immediately-address-gun-violence-in-the-u-s
Follow Amnesty International USA on Twitter.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news outlet. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.
Please select a donation method:
Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.