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Every day in our country, gun violence devastates families and destroys lives. On average, 90 Americans a day are killed by a gun. Last year alone 33,000 families, including some in our own South Florida community, grieved the loss of a loved one. Congresswoman Frankel knows there is no magic wand to end gun violence, but she believes there are many responsible, common sense, and reasonable actions we can take to save lives.
As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Congresswoman Frankel has supported legislation to expand universal background checks, reinstate the federal ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, and repeal the ban on using federal funds to conduct gun violence research. She has also supported legislation that would ensure that people who have abused dating partners are prohibited from buying or owning firearms.
Congresswoman Frankel participated in a sit-in on the House Floor demanding action on gun violence legislation after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. After the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Congresswoman Frankel held local town halls on gun violence, met with student activists and survivors, and supported students walking out across the country to demand action on gun violence.
To emphasize the need for common-sense action to reduce gun violence, Congresswoman Frankel brought the mother of a Newtown victim as her guest to the 2013 State of the Union. Lynn McDonnell is the mother of seven-year-old Grace McDonnell, who died tragically in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In 2016, Congresswoman Frankel invited a local Detective who lost his daughter to gun violence to the State of the Union, where President Obama left one empty seat in the House Chamber, where the speech takes place, to represent gun victims like Detective Sergeant Gregory Key’s daughter.