Gun Violence Preventionby Representative Bill Foster
Posted on 2016-07-06
FOSTER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. FOSTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak out against
congressional inaction on gun violence.
I represent the 11th District of Illinois, which includes the great cities of Aurora and Joliet. And I am also the only Ph.D. scientist in Congress. As a scientist, I always look at the facts, and the facts are crystal clear that gun violence is a public health crisis and Congress needs to do more to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
It is not just the mass shootings that we read about on national news. In the cities in my district, gun violence of all kinds is an issue that we struggle with every day. Leading medical groups have taken note of the effects of gun violence on our communities and have called for change.
Just this month, the American Medical Association called gun violence a public health crisis. When the foremost medical group in our country calls for action, it is time for Congress to listen. But Congress will not even allow the Centers for Disease Control to study the causes of gun violence and its effects on our communities.
We need a rational and effective approach to gun violence for the sake of our communities and the safety of the American people.