Gun Violence Prevention
Until we eliminate gun violence in Massachusetts and across the nation, its prevention needs to remain a top priority. 58 percent of American adults, or someone they care about, have experienced gun violence in their lifetime. Young people are marching for their lives. They are scared to go to school, and reminded of their vulnerability by frequent lockdown and secure-in-place drills. We have a moral duty to protect people of every age, in every zip code, from preventable tragedy.
Massachusetts has among the strongest gun laws in the U.S. and, in turn, shares with Hawaii the lowest gun death rate nationwide. We are proving that strong public policy can prevent gun violence. But for as long as gun violence prevails in the Commonwealth, we have more work to do.
Amber will to advocate for:
Full implementation of the Commonwealth’s strong gun safety laws (and will oppose all efforts to undermine them)
Legislation that will effectively keep guns from people who pose a danger to themselves and/or others
Funding for comprehensive research on strategies to strengthen gun violence prevention
Universal access to mental and behavioral health care and other primary prevention work (e.g. equitable public education and ensuring access to economic opportunity)
Amber strongly supports the following bill introduced this session, and if the absence of its passage, will be a partner in advancing these efforts and building upon them in the session ahead:
An Act Relative to Crime Gun Data Reporting and Analysis: will require a detailed analysis of MA crime gun trace data to better understand the origins of crime guns, and therefore inform prevention efforts