One of Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s priorities in the 113th Congress is to add more gun violence prevention legislation. She is an outspoken advocate for a federal ban on assault weapons, full and complete background checks on all gun sales, including sales at gun shows, and strict limits on high capacity ammunition sales. In January, 2013, Jackie was appointed to serve as a Vice Chair of a new congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force that is investigating new steps Congress can take now and in the future to reduce gun violence and prevent massacres like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
In June, she introduced the Gun Transparency and Accountability Act (TRAC) which ends the restriction on use of crime gun trace data in gun dealer prosecutions or license reviews, allows the ATF to use a database on firearms traced to criminal activity to be used in any civil action or administrative proceeding, and ends the restriction that forces the FBI to destroy records of approved background checks after 24 hours.
Jackie also held two successful gun buybacks and brought together educators, parents, mental health professionals, law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders for a gun summit, “Beyond Newtown: How to Ensure Safe Schools and Communities,” to create safety protocols and procedures that can be a model for the whole country.
Opinion Pieces by Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Congresswoman Jackie Speier speaks about the NRA's enemy list on the House floor on February 28:
|Data about Gun Violence from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence|
|Every year, more than 100,000 people in America are shot, 18,000 are children and teens.|
|Every day, 282 people in America are shot, 50 are children and teens.|
|Gun violence costs U.S. taxpayers about $100 billion each year.|
Among 23 populous, high-income countries, 80% of all firearm deaths occurred in the United States.
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in a completed or attempted suicide, criminal assault or homicide, or unintentional shooting death or injury than to be used in a self-defense shooting.
Every year there are only about 200 legally justified self-defense homicides by private citizens compared with over 30,000 gun deaths.