May 08, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Push To Support Victims Of Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Wednesday in introducing the Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act, which would establish an interagency Advisory Council to gather and disseminate information about the resources, programs and benefits that can help victims of gun violence. Each day in the United States, about 100 individuals are killed with guns, totaling more than 36,000 deaths annually. Approximately 100,000 more Americans survive gun-related injuries each year.

“As yesterday’s tragic school shooting in Colorado demonstrated, our country is facing a gun violence epidemic—and we must take action to prevent more tragedies and to support those who are affected,” said Harris. “This legislation would ensure that survivors of gun violence and the friends and families of those who lose their lives to gun violence have the resources they need to recover from tragedy.” 

More on The Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act:

The legislation would establish an Advisory Council to help victims of gun violence—including survivors and the families, classmates, coworkers and other associates of individuals affected by gun violence—learn about and access the resources, programs and benefits that could help them meet a wide range of personal needs.

  • The interagency Advisory Council would be composed of federal representatives from HHS, DOJ, the Department of Education, HUD, the VA, the Social Security Administration and other agencies, as well as victims of gun violence and victim assistance professionals like medical professionals and social workers.
  • The Advisory Council would be required to assess the needs of victims of gun violence (including medical, legal, financial, educational, workplace, housing, transportation, assistive technology and accessibility needs), as well as gather and disseminate information about the resources, programs and benefits that could help victims meet their needs.
  • In addition to disseminating information to the public, the Advisory Council would be required to submit to Congress a report on these resources and identify any gaps in policy that the government could address.

The bill is supported by Everytown For Gun Safety, CeaseFirePA, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, March For Our Lives, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Survivors Empowered Action, Newtown Action Alliance, and Junior Newtown Action Alliance.

A copy of the bill can be found here.

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