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Senator Schumer: Necessary but not sufficient

By Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon

Senator Chuck Schumer has called for improved firearm background checks by requiring background checks at gun shows and for internet sales; enacting Extreme Risk Protection Orders; and calling for a debate on assault weapons on the Senate floor. (Really?? Dead high school students throughout the country and he wants a “debate”???)

While these steps are necessary, they are not sufficient. Congress must also require background checks for all private sales; increase standards of gun ownership; enhance the accountability of federally licensed firearms dealers; and mandate improved safety standards for guns and guns ownership (guns must have chamber-loaded indicators and all gun owners must be thoroughly trained).

Read Ceasefire Oregon’s Plan to Reduce Gun Violence for more information on what we must do to stop this carnage.