Rep. McNerney to Attend Gun Violence Prevention Community Gathering

Rep. McNerney to Attend Gun Violence Prevention Community Gathering

Stockton, CA – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) will join with Cleveland School Remembers and other community groups on Tuesday, June 28, for a vigil to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence, and to call on Congress to pass commonsense gun reform legislation.

WHAT: Community Gathering on Gun Violence Prevention

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5 p.m.

WHERE: DeCarli Plaza
El Dorado Street (across from City Centre Cinema)
Stockton, CA

Last week, Rep. McNerney joined with other House Democrats for a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to call for action on gun violence prevention legislation, including expanding background checks on all commercial gun sales to keep guns away from criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people. House Democrats are calling for June 29th to be a National Day of Action for gun violence prevention.

On average, 108,926 people are shot by guns every year and more than 30,000 people die from gun violence. Roughly 90 people are killed by guns every day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.

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Gun Control Around the World: A Primer

“The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Supreme Court rulings, citing this amendment, have upheld the right of states to regulate firearms. However, in a 2008 decision (District of Columbia v. Heller) confirming an individual right to keep and bear arms, the court struck down Washington, D.C., laws that banned handguns and required those in the home to be locked or disassembled.”

Many gun advocates consider ownership a birthright and an essential part of America’s heritage.However, these key facts need to be considered:

  • The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, has about 35–50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns, according to a 2007 report by the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey.
  • It ranks number one in firearms per capita.
  • The United States also has the highest homicide-by-firearm rate among the world’s most developed nations.

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