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File #: 21-3157    Version: 1 Name: SUPPORTING THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLAN
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 5/7/2021 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 5/13/2021 Final action: 5/13/2021
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLAN WHEREAS, across the nation between January 1, 2021, and April 26, 2021, there have been 160 shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed; and WHEREAS, this is a steep increase from the 90 shootings from the same time period in 2020, and nearly double the average for the same time period every year since 2014; and WHEREAS, while there is not a federal definition of a "mass shooting," the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group, defines it as a shooting incident in which four or more people are injured or killed, excluding the shooter; and WHEREAS, the focus on high-profile mass shootings often obscures the overall rise incidents of gun violence including personal disputes and domestic violence occurrences; and WHEREAS, the rise in shootings corresponds with the increase in gun sales in the United States since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic; an...
Sponsors: SCOTT R. BRITTON, LUIS ARROYO JR, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, DONNA MILLER, KEVIN B. MORRISON, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, ALMA E. ANAYA
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

SUPPORTING THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLAN

WHEREAS, across the nation between January 1, 2021, and April 26, 2021, there have been 160 shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed; and

WHEREAS, this is a steep increase from the 90 shootings from the same time period in 2020, and nearly double the average for the same time period every year since 2014; and

WHEREAS, while there is not a federal definition of a "mass shooting," the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group, defines it as a shooting incident in which four or more people are injured or killed, excluding the shooter; and

WHEREAS, the focus on high-profile mass shootings often obscures the overall rise incidents of gun violence including personal disputes and domestic violence occurrences; and

WHEREAS, the rise in shootings corresponds with the increase in gun sales in the United States since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the need for common sense gun laws was, is, and continues to be abundantly apparent; and

WHEREAS, the Biden-Harris Administration has committed to investing in evidence-based community violence interventions, including a $5 billion investment in the American Jobs Plan to support community violence intervention programs and connecting individuals to jobs and opportunities; and

WHEREAS, the Biden-Harris Administration is working to address the proliferation of gun violence in our communities, and announced six initial actions to address the gun violence health epidemic; and

WHEREAS, as a first action, David Chipman will be nominated by President Bident to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the key agency in enforcing gun laws; and

WHEREAS, the ATF, the agency responsible for investigating and tracing the illegal use and trafficking of guns, has not had a confirmed director since 2015; and

WHEREAS, as a second action, the Bide...

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