We Need to Do More to Prevent Gun Violence

A new CAP issue brief offers 13 legislative proposals and executive actions to prevent gun violence.

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After last month’s senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut—in which 20 children and 6 adults were shot and killed—we need to immediately address the gaps in our current law that enable mass shootings, as well as the everyday shootings that on average claim the lives of 33 Americans each day.

The Center for American Progress recommends 13 legislative proposals and executive actions to prevent gun violence in our nation. These actions are targeted in the following three key areas:

  • Better background checks
  • Taking military-grade weapons off the streets and out of criminals’ hands
  • Better data, better coordination, and better enforcement

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