SUOZZI: “Gun violence kills over 100 Americans a day. If any single virus or bacteria was killing over 100 Americans a day, the CDC would be on red alert!”
On Thursday, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) vigorously advocated for bipartisan support to fund the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to study the causes and effects of gun violence and to support background checks and red flag laws, along with other gun violence prevention legislation.
At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing focused on the public health consequences and costs of gun violence, Suozzi said:
“Today can be different. Let us all agree that Democrats and Republicans should work together to fund research which would study the causes and effects of gun violence. Every day 100 people die from gun violence in the United States of America. Gun violence is a public health crisis and should be treated as one. Research funding has worked to stem the course of other epidemics. Why not gun violence?”
During the 116th Congress, Congressman Suozzi, to date, has co-sponsored 20 pieces of legislation which address the gun violence epidemic in the United States. In addition, Suozzi voted for and cosponsored the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, as well as the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. The time has come for Senator Mitch McConnell to allow the Senate to vote on the passage of these bills, which would require background checks before all firearm purchases and are supported by more than 90% of Americans.
The issue of gun violence is personal to Congressman Suozzi. One of his constituents, Linda Beigel Schulman lost her son Scott in last year’s Parkland shooting. On Long Island, they have worked together to advocate for gun-violence prevention laws (including red flag laws) and to echo the message that this should be a non-partisan issue. Long Island alone has experienced more than 700 incidents of gun violence since 2014.
“It is imperative in our capacity as lawmakers, that we do everything we can to prevent these tragedies and to ensure that we do not lose sight of the victims, survivors, families, friends, and the communities impacted by gun violence,” said Suozzi.
Congressman Suozzi’s entire testimony can be viewed here.