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THE PATH FORWARD ON ADDRESSING GUN VIOLENCE: LATEST CLYBURN CHRONICLES PODCAST FEATURES CONGRESSWOMAN LUCY MCBATH

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June 24, 2022
Fri, 06/24/2022 - 10:24am -- nsaunders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn released the latest edition of his podcast The Clyburn Chronicles with Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06) to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Month.

Congresswoman McBath believes she was called to run for Congress after the 2012 loss of her son, Jordan, to a senseless act of gun violence and the 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“I determined that something had to be done, and I felt who better to run for office to try to change the gun safety crisis that we have in this country other than a mother, me:  a survivor who’d lost her own child to gun violence,” Congresswoman McBath told Majority Whip Clyburn.

The Members discussed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a gun violence prevention package brokered and passed by the Senate and awaiting approval in the House today. Majority Whip Clyburn stressed the historical importance of incremental wins:

“People often look at the Civil Rights Act as if it was one big bill passed on one day. We got Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. We didn’t get voting until ’65. We didn’t get housing until ’68. But we started with ’64,” said Majority Whip Clyburn. “We’re starting now with this legislation that we hope will get across the goal line.”

Congresswoman McBath discussed her “red flag” legislation, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, which recently passed the House. It would empower family members, law enforcement officers, health care professionals and educators to petition a court to temporarily prevent a person in danger of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms.

“If we can identify those individuals early on and give law enforcement the ability and the tools also to go to court with the families, then we might be able to deter some of these tragedies,” said Congresswoman McBath.

To hear the conversation, please click here.

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