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Now is the Time for Action

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CISNEROS. Madam Speaker, this past Wednesday, I met with a group of high school students from my district who started a local March for Our Lives chapter to talk about the gun epidemic in our country. Then, 2 days later, we had another mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

According to the Mass Shooting Tracker website, there have been over 181 mass shootings in the United States this year, with over 200 victims losing their lives.

I am proud that we finally passed commonsense gun legislation in this House that expanded background checks, which is something over 90 percent of the American people wanted, but we need to do more.

The shooting in Virginia Beach used both a silencer and a high- capacity magazine. We need legislation now to outlaw both of those items as well as automatic rifles. We need to allow the Centers for Disease Control to study the gun epidemic in our country so we can find a solution.

But it is not just mass shootings that we need to address. Over two- thirds of all gun deaths in the United States are a result of suicides, and the number is rising. Over 20 veterans a day are committing suicide. We must also study firearm suicide and how it relates to mental health and how we can limit firearm access to those who are suffering.

We have a problem in our country, and it is not just going to go away. Now is the time for action. Too many lives are at stake.


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