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house Bill H. Res. 468

Does Congress Need to Promise to Take Action on Gun Violence?

Argument in favor

Gun violence is a public health issue that Congress has failed again and again to address. This resolution will make lawmakers promise to create and pass comprehensive legislation.

Rose's Opinion
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01/03/2016
The NRA has been has lied about the second amendment and promoted guns to make themselves and gun manufacturers rich. Wayne the head of the NRA takes home 1 million dollars per year while 33,000 Americans are killed from guns every year.
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Glenn's Opinion
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01/02/2016
The primary responsibility of government is to protect the people. We are being massacred by people right here. We don't have to fear the terrorist from another country because we have plenty of homegrown ones.
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Barron's Opinion
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06/23/2016
This is amazing... We have to ask congress to promise to do their job???? Really? I'm definitely paying attention to my representatives and their voting record moving forward. That is the only change we need... Reps who actually represent the people.
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Argument opposed

Resolutions are like empty promises, the House will look good passing H.Res. 468, but won't be forced to do anything. Not to mention, this resolution doesn't ask any promises of the Senate.

Phylos's Opinion
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02/26/2016
This obsession with gun violence. When it just VIOLENCE. No one targets or examines the root of the violence, but lets waste time on focusing on the inanimate objects used in the violence.
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David's Opinion
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02/20/2015
How about dealing with violence as a whole. Does it really matter if someone is stabbed or shot to death. How about those who were murdered by personal assault? This is just language to go after guns in the private sector.
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Rob's Opinion
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03/04/2015
If you would get people to work instead of giving them handouts they wouldn't be in the streets killing, robbing or committing crimes.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 468?

This bill essentially states that members of the House of Representatives believe that: 
  • Gun violence is a public health issue;
  • They need to work together to create legislation that both protects a person's right to bear arms (the Second Amendment), while keeping communities safe;
Such a plan under this resolution would need to include more background checks on commercial firearm sales, better mental health programs nationally, and harsher punishments for illegal firearm purchases. This is specific to gun trafficking straw purchasing (when a person buys a gun for someone who cannot purchase one for themselves). 

Impact

Sponsoring Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), members of the House of Representatives, and the gun lobby.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 468

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note:

Of the dozens of bills addressing the prevalence of gun violence introduced to the 113th Congress, not one has been brought to the House floor for a vote. This lack of action on gun violence is the motivating factor behind Sponsoring Rep. Alan Lowenthal's (D-CA) resolution.  

While gun violence is an easy thing to rally around, according to a Pew Research survey, you might be more interested in gun rights than gun control:

"For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership."
 

Media: 

Sponsoring Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) Press Release


(Photo Credit: Flickr user Dean Hochman)

Official Title

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that gun violence is a public health issue and Congress should enact by the end of the 113th Congress comprehensive Federal legislation that protects the Second Amendment and keeps communities safe and healthy, including expanding enforceable background checks for all commercial gun sales, improving the mental health system in the United States, and making gun trafficking and straw purchasing a Federal crime.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 29th, 2014
    This obsession with gun violence. When it just VIOLENCE. No one targets or examines the root of the violence, but lets waste time on focusing on the inanimate objects used in the violence.
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    How about dealing with violence as a whole. Does it really matter if someone is stabbed or shot to death. How about those who were murdered by personal assault? This is just language to go after guns in the private sector.
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    If you would get people to work instead of giving them handouts they wouldn't be in the streets killing, robbing or committing crimes.
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    There are already laws on the books for this. There is no need for more. Laws do not prevent criminals from getting guns. There never will be. Laws only prevent law abiding citizens from getting guns, and therefore infringing on 2A rights and self defense. Legal gun owners prevent crime, stop crime, and save lives. The media will never tell you about these stories though, because it doesn't fit there agenda of arming criminals and and making the law abiding statistics. We are arming the criminals this way, like in the FAST AND FURIOUS scandal, but we can't have moms and the elderly be able to stop home invaders?
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    This is amazing... We have to ask congress to promise to do their job???? Really? I'm definitely paying attention to my representatives and their voting record moving forward. That is the only change we need... Reps who actually represent the people.
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    The NRA has been has lied about the second amendment and promoted guns to make themselves and gun manufacturers rich. Wayne the head of the NRA takes home 1 million dollars per year while 33,000 Americans are killed from guns every year.
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    The primary responsibility of government is to protect the people. We are being massacred by people right here. We don't have to fear the terrorist from another country because we have plenty of homegrown ones.
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    "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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    Enough is enough- too many guns in the hands of the wrong people- too many deaths!!
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    No more than you would on other violence.
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    Gun violence is not a health issue. It is a law/criminal issue. This is a local jurisdiction problem.
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    The anti-gun lobby is a slightly veiled fascist attempt to disarm honest gun-owning citizens.
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    This is a law enforcement issue. Laws are already in place. Enforce them.
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    This resolution does NOT guarantee enactment of sensible gun-related laws, but it does offer HOPE in the form of a nagging reminder congress can't forget.
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    Violence has been here since the beginning of time and will never go away.There are evil people in the world that believe in their way of life. There is nothing congress can do to stop violence of any kind unless the violence is against them, and it is most likely that members of the government carry guns. The government to include the President of the USA need to encourage our citizens to have the ability to protect their selves against violence. The second amendment should not be toyed with. No one can trick me into believing that it doesn't say what it says. A good start would be a bill that allows for a national gun carry permit. That would make the whole country safe. No foreign entity would parachute out of the sky without meeting with resistance. This is one reason why our country is unique and exceptional. Someone needs to explain this to our President...we the people are his employer.
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    Ron such thing as gun violence. There is however violence of people on people.
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    A waste of time. What is this going to do place more laws on legal gun ownership as all the criminals continue to get weapons illegally?
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    There are laws in place against murder and assault. Let the violators get punished. Creating more laws will not keep people from breaking laws.
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    Congress will make a bad situation worse. Stay out of it.
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    Guns don't kill people. They should go after the criminals.
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