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Opinion: I was apathetic about gun violence -- until my 6-year-old son was killed

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Like with most horrific stories, the majority of people will move on with their lives, unaware (or disbelieving) that the same violence could happen in their own community -- but no community is immune, writes Nicole Hockley. And voters need to hold federal lawmakers, who have avoided passing meaningful gun safety reform, accountable.

But like with most horrific stories, the majority of people will move on with their lives, unaware (or disbelieving) that the same violence could happen in their own community -- and in so many communities every single day.

I was one of those who thought gun violence could never happen in my community.

Gun violence can and does happen everywhere -- and sometimes when and where you least expect it.

In response to years of inaction from Congress to address this growing problem of gun violence, President Joe Biden will issue six executive orders on gun reform.

Americans need Congress to vote on common sense gun reform, to achieve things like universal background checks and stopping the sale of assault weapons.

And more people were killed by gun violence last year than in the past two decades.

Under federal law, if an FBI background check takes more than three days to process, gun dealers are allowed to continue with the sale of a firearm -- called the Charleston loophole because it's how the Emanuel A. M. E. Church shooter was able to purchase his gun.

We need to expand background checks for all gun purchases before more innocent people -- who want nothing more than to go to school, pick up a gallon of milk, or visit a house of worship -- are murdered

Demand that they pass background checks on all gun purchases.

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