NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety, the country’s largest gun violence prevention organization, today released the following statement on U.S. Attorney General Barr’s announcement of a new gun violence prevention initiative.
“The plan is a mixed bag — it’s also a small bag. Overall it fails to meet the moment and ignores the public’s call for broadly popular measures like background checks on all gun sales and strong red flag legislation,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “The bottom line is this: Come 2020, the public won’t forget that the president and his Senate allies have chosen the side of the gun lobby over the American public.”
Last month, Barr issued a memo to law enforcement officials calling for a December summit on the issue of mass violence. Neither that memo nor Project Guardian proposes legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales or a strong red flag law.