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ICYMI: Gray TV: Rep. Elissa Slotkin continues push for gun safety reform in her campaign for Senate


Courtesy of Elissa Slotkin


"I'm the first congresswoman in America to have two school shootings in her district in 16 months."


The Gray Washington Bureau reported yesterday on Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s focus on one of the top issues for all Michiganders ahead of the 2024 U.S. Senate election. Gun violence remains an immediate issue for voters of all ages and Slotkin has represented both Oxford and East Lansing – two communities that have been devastated by school shootings in just the last 16 months alone. The story noted that the Congresswoman has introduced multiple pieces of legislationaddressing the issue of gun violence and intends to continue pushing for no-brainer gun safety legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Read the full story HERE

Highlights:

  • [Slotkin, a] former CIA officer and Pentagon official says preventing gun violence is now a matter of homeland security. In the last few months, she has introduced multiple pieces of gun safety legislation including:

    • Legislation to fund CDC research on gun violence prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Another bill requiring parents to secure guns so children cannot access them

    • A third aimed at preventing the transfer of firearms to people convicted of gun misdemeanors for three years

    • A bill that would require a one week waiting period before a person can buy a firearm


  • “This is an increasing issue, a top voters minds, just because of the spate of gun violence where it feels like every week or even multiple times a week, there are some tragedy at a school or elsewhere,” said Jessica Taylor, The Cook Political Report Senate and Governors Editor.

  • “I have seen polling in Michigan that shows that overwhelmingly they do want more bipartisan measures,” she said. “And I think that can include, again, things like stricter background checks and different things, red flag laws. And this is a place where the public is ahead of where politicians are largely,” said Taylor.

  • “I’m the first congresswoman in America to have two school shootings in her district in six months. So it wasn’t that I woke up one morning and said, let’s make this an issue. It’s the number one killer of children under 21. And it came home in just a very real and very raw way.”


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