Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, marked National Gun Violence Awareness Day today by introducing a resolution with Congressman Tony Cárdenas that would compel Congress to take action in the face of gun tragedies.
H.Res.370, would require that any moment of silence held on the floor of the House of Representatives due to a tragedy involving gun violence be promptly followed by a hearing to discuss the cause of the tragedy and how similar events might be prevented in the future.
“National Gun Violence Awareness Day is a day to reflect on our shared responsibility as American citizens to address the scourge of gun violence that has devastated so many communities,” Congressman Engel said. “It is unacceptable that each time an American loses their life to a senseless act of gun violence, Republicans in Congress refuse to vote or even hold hearings to address the epidemic. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. I am proud to cosponsor this measure urging Congress to take immediate action.”
Throughout his career, Congressman Engel has pushed for common-sense reforms to our gun laws. Earlier this year, he introduced H.R. 2089, the Protect Law Enforcement Armor (PLEA) Act that would ban the sale and import of armor piercing handguns.