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Recommendations Include a Stronger Background Check Law, Common-Sense Steps to Keep our Schools Safe and Consideration of a Red Flag Law
HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following response to recommendations issued by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence. The Commission recommends the adoption of policies like requiring criminal background checks on gun sales at gun shows and consideration of a red flag law.
“I’m proud to join Mayor Turner as we call on the Texas legislature to enact common-sense solutions to the crisis of gun violence in Houston,” said Aimee Mobley Turney, volunteer with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action and member of the Commission Against Gun Violence. “I also look forward to working with Mayor Turner, the Commission and Houston community leaders to address the day to day gun violence that doesn’t always make headlines, but has a devastating effect on our families and communities.”
The Commission also recommended taking common-sense steps to keep schools safe, such as creating threat assessment teams and implementing appropriate security upgrades, including interior door locks. Several of these recommendations mirror those that were recommended in a recent report released by Everytown, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.
Mayor Turner created the Houston Commission Against Gun Violence in May 2018 following the tragic school shootings in Santa Fe and Parkland, Fla. The 37 members of the Commission represent a diverse group of students, parents, physicians, law enforcement officials, gun owners, gun violence survivors and members of civil rights and faith-based organizations. Mayor Turner is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of mayors across the country advocating for life-saving gun safety reforms and part of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs