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Rush Statement on New Biden Administration Actions To Combat Gun Violence

June 23, 2021

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after President Biden announced his administration's strategy to combat gun violence and other violent crime:

"As a father who lost my youngest son to gun violence, I know the deeply felt pain and trauma of gun violence firsthand. I am encouraged by the Biden administration's proposals today, in particular, their holistic focus on addressing not only gun crimes but also the root causes of gun violence. Creating a non-violent gun society means tackling these problems early on, and at their source.

"With this in mind, the investments in expanded summer programming, employment, and support for young adults, as well as the outlined steps to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reenter their communities, obtain housing, and find quality jobs — including in the federal government — stand out to me as especially noteworthy and promising.

"Cracking down on gun trafficking must also be a core focus of our efforts to address gun violence, which is why I introduced my Gun Trafficking Prohibition Act on my very first day in the 117th Congress.

"Stemming the rising tide of gun violence in Chicago and across the nation is going to take collaboration and participation from every level of government. While the actions announced by the Biden administration announced today are no substitute for legislation, I am encouraged to see the administration stepping up as Senate Republicans continue to block progress on one of the defining issues of our time."

In January, Rep. Rush introduced the Gun Trafficking Prohibition Act (H.R. 30), which would for the first time create federal penalties for gun traffickers.

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Issues:Gun Control