Culpeper Star-Exponent: House Democrats to Republicans: let’s work to prevent more gun violence

CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, this week joined 122 colleagues in Congress in asking U.S. House Republicans to work with Democrats to fight gun violence. The local congresswoman is a member of the U.S. House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, according to a Jan. 30 release from her office.

More than 43,000 Americans died from gun violence last year and there were more than 650 mass shootings, the release stated. The U.S. gun homicide rate is 26 times higher than that of other high-income nations. Firearm fatalities are also the leading cause of death for children and teenagers in the U.S., according to an article last year at Forbes.com.

In a letter to U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson and Majority Leader Steve Scalise, House Democrats underscored gun violence statistics in requesting legislation to further prevent gun violence. Democrats included with the letter a calendar marking the one-year anniversary of every mass shooting that took place in the United States last year.

“As members who advocate for action on gun violence prevention, we know that it is impossible to set aside a week that isn’t marked by a mass shooting, or a single day that wasn’t touched by preventable gun violence tragedies,” stated the letter. “While there is bipartisan agreement that mental health is a serious public safety issue in our country, the gun homicide rate in the United States is 26 times that of other wealthy nations.

“It is not credible to address the gun violence epidemic without working to prevent people who are a danger to themselves or others from accessing firearms. We again ask you to work with Democrats on any policies to end the gun violence epidemic.”

Recent Posts


Jun 17, 2024
Local Issues

NEW MILESTONE: Spanberger’s Office Returns More Than $39 Million in Federal Benefits to Virginians

Since the Start of 2019, the Congresswoman’s Office Has Returned More Than $39 Million in Backlogged IRS Refunds, Social Security Checks, VA Benefits, & More WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger announced today that her office has now returned more than $39 million in federal casework funds to residents of Virginia’s Seventh District. Casework dollars […]



Jun 14, 2024
Press

Spanberger Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Strike Down Federal Bump Stock Ban

Congresswoman: “As a Former Federal Law Enforcement Officer, I Know that Weapons Designed to Inflict Maximum Casualties Do Not Belong on Our Streets, in Our Schools, or in Our Communities” WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Garland v. Cargill, which overturns a […]



Jun 14, 2024
Gun Safety

During National Gun Violence Awareness Month, Spanberger Urges Speaker Johnson to Bring Bipartisan Bills to U.S. House Floor to Prevent Gun Violence

Congresswoman: “I Used To Carry A Gun Every Single Day — I Know What It Is To Be A Responsible Gun Owner” WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — a Member of the U.S. House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force — urged Speaker Johnson to […]