Judy Chu Intros Gun Control Resolution Written Entirely by Students
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced an anti-gun violence resolution on Tuesday that was inspired by a resolution written by high school students in her district in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Following that attack, which killed 17 students and staff members, students from Alhambra High School reached out to the president and Congress to demand action to keep themselves and their peers safe. When those calls went unanswered, they drafted legislation of their own and presented it to Chu. The resolution calls for the outlawing of individuals with violent criminal records from purchasing guns, require background checks and age checks for all buyers, and raise the minimum age for purchasing guns from 18 to 21. “For mass shooting after mass shooting, Congressional Republicans responded only with silence, throwing their hands up in the air as if they were helpless, when the reality is we are anything but,” Chu said. “The amount of research and work that the students … put into this resolution is truly impressive. They had vigorous debates on each provision, from banning assault weapons to true universal background checks. They had a vote on each of those provisions. They were thoughtful and impassioned as they presented their views to one another and to the public. And it worked.” The resolution was adopted unanimously by the local school district. And now, Chu says she is hoping to help them do the same at the federal level. “A movement is growing, and these students are not afraid to stand up to the NRA if it means saving their lives. And I’m proud to stand with them.” More here.