Friday, August 30, 2019

A Big Push For Gun Control Is Coming To Congress In September

REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Although the full House will return to D.C. on Sept. 9, the House Judiciary Committee will return a few days early to deal with gun control. In the aftermath of the mass killings in El Paso, Texas, Gilroy, California, and Dayton, Ohio, there is renewed urgency to “do something.”
But the focus should be on policy that will actually reduce the incidence of gun violence, not just sound good. Doing something for the sake of doing something is never good policy.
On Sept. 4, there will be mark-ups presented and hearings conducted on three new gun control bills:
  • The “Disarm Hate Act,” which would prevent someone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from obtaining a firearm.
The committee is also slated to take up a hearing on “military style assault weapons” later in the month.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called these bills “violence prevention bills.” We all want to keep people safe, but does evidence exist that any of these proposals would actually reduce gun violence?
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