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house Bill H. Res. 90

Should the House Call Gun Violence a Public Health Issue That Needs to be Addressed With Expanded Background Checks?

Argument in favor

The House should make a statement by formally calling gun violence a public health issue that needs to be addressed with expanded background checks, even if it’s only symbolic at this point.

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12/14/2017
Yes absolutely. 33000 people died because of gun violence in the United States every year. I think that makes it a National Health crisis
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tanyacontois's Opinion
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02/25/2017
Absolutely. Far too many people are dying as a result of being shot.
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Lauren's Opinion
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02/15/2018
18 shootings in 2018. It is only February. This is very obviously a public health crisis unique to our country. Congress should be sounding the alarm, doing their job to do all they can to protect the people who elected them to serve as their representative. They should and they MUST.
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Argument opposed

This is a meaningless resolution that wouldn’t do anything of substance to advance the background checks it claims to support or mitigate the so-called public health issue of gun violence.

OMPHALION's Opinion
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11/11/2017
Is Ladder Deaths Or Auto Deaths A Public Health Cause.
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Randy 's Opinion
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12/08/2017
Far too many people die from criminals being lose on the street. Let's do something about that and actually solve a problem instead of just pretend that criminals buy guns legally and would even be affected by a background check.
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Cole's Opinion
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12/16/2017
Background checks have already proven to be ineffective in reducing the number of guns in the hands of criminals, so why are we throwing more money and power at something that doesn't work?
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What is House Bill H. Res. 90?

This resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that gun violence is a public health issue and that Congress needs to expand background checks for gun purchases and take other steps to reduce gun violence before the end of the 115th Congress. Specifically, it calls for Congress to expand enforceable background checks for all commercial gun sales, improve the mental health system, and make gun trafficking and straw purchasing a federal crime.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed and wouldn’t have the force of law.

Impact

The House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 90

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) reintroduced this resolution to have the House call gun violence a public health issue that should be addressed through expanded background checks, and said the following when he introduced it in January 2014::

“There is no need to lay out another statistic about the prevalence of gun violence. It is, as we are seeing on the news on almost a weekly basis, a public health epidemic. The only thing more heartbreaking than the damage gun violence has done to families across our nation is the fact that Congress has failed to do anything meaningful about it.”

This legislation has the support of 37 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: stevecoleimages / iStock)

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 115th 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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      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 3rd, 2017
    Yes absolutely. 33000 people died because of gun violence in the United States every year. I think that makes it a National Health crisis
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    Is Ladder Deaths Or Auto Deaths A Public Health Cause.
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    Yes.
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    Far too many people die from criminals being lose on the street. Let's do something about that and actually solve a problem instead of just pretend that criminals buy guns legally and would even be affected by a background check.
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    Background checks have already proven to be ineffective in reducing the number of guns in the hands of criminals, so why are we throwing more money and power at something that doesn't work?
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    Absolutely. Far too many people are dying as a result of being shot.
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    Any law or bill that would restrict firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, and where I can carry my firearm is a infringement on my second amendment
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    More people die from guns than wars these days or terrorism. Give it the attention it deserves. common sense gun laws is what we must agree on.
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    This is a public safety issue. Why protect gun violence at the expense of innocents? Let the CDC provide necessary data for once!
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    I should expand the Background Check, for the public Safety.
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    Yes!! If someone has a problem with passing a thorough background check, then they most definitely should not have access to weapons!! If not, then we all benefit by ensuring that less guns are in the hands of unstable, violent, unwell people.
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    18 shootings in 2018. It is only February. This is very obviously a public health crisis unique to our country. Congress should be sounding the alarm, doing their job to do all they can to protect the people who elected them to serve as their representative. They should and they MUST.
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    nay I believe that sellers need to be included in an investigation that would affect their future, to sell or incarceration ( similar to drug dealers) .
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