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Ending the Epidemic of Gun Violence
4 Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States. Nearly 40,000 people die annually
5 from gunsdevastating countless families, friends, and communities. Addressing the gun
6 violence crisis requires supporting evidence-based programs that prevent gun deaths from
7 occurring in the first place, including by making mental health care more accessible, funding
8 interventions to reduce homicides and gun violence in neighborhoods, and strengthening
9 protections against domestic violence. Democrats will also ensure the Centers for Disease
10 Control and Prevention have sufficient resources to study gun violence as a public health issue.
12 Democrats will enact universal background checks, end online sales of guns and ammunition,
13 close dangerous loopholes that currently allow stalkers and some individuals convicted of assault
14 or battery to buy and possess firearms, and adequately fund the federal background check
15 system. We will close the Charleston loophole and prevent individuals who have been
16 convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms. Democrats will ban the manufacture and sale
17 of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We will incentivize states to enact licensing
18 requirements for owning firearms and red flag laws that allow courts to temporarily remove
19 guns from the possession of those who are a danger to themselves or others. We will pass
20 legislation requiring that guns be safely stored in homes. And Democrats believe that gun
21 companies should be held responsible for their products, just like any other business, and will
22 prioritize repealing the law that shields gun manufacturers from civil liability.
1 Democrats are committed to guaranteeing schools are spaces of physical and psychological
2 safety for students and educators alike. Guns have no place in our schools. We disagree strongly
3 with the Trump Administrations dangerous and short-sighted suggestion that teachers should
4 bring firearms into the classroom. Democrats also believe that all schools should have adequate
5 resources to expand school-based health services and hire guidance counselors, social workers,
6 and school psychologists to help support students mental health needs and social and emotional
7 development. And we will act expeditiously to reinstate Department of Education guidance
8 protecting transgender students rights under Title IX and make clear that schools shall not
9 discriminate based on LGBTQ+ status.
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