In August AIUSA called on Congress to return early for an emergency session to address the human rights crisis of gun violence. We reiterate that call: Congress must pass the Background Check Expansion Act, Extreme Risk Protection Orders Act, the Assault Weapons Ban Act, the Keep American Safe Act and the Disarm Hate Act.
Gun Violence is a human rights crisis.
Across the United States, gunshots are fired every day. Lives are lost or forever changed in a matter of moments. Over 108 people die a day from gun violence. In 2017, more than 39,000 people were killed by a firearm in the US.
Simply put, insufficient laws and unfettered access to guns are jeopardizing our right to live and to feel safe. These rights cannot be considered secure as long as our leaders fail to do anything about gun violence.
Amnesty International USA’s End Gun Violence campaign is focused on solutions that would fulfill human rights obligations and prevent violations, amplify the voices of impacted communities who have been doing this work for decades, and reframe an often polarizing issue using the global framework of universally recognized human rights.
AIUSA is working to get Congress to pass gun violence prevention legislation including:
In addition to working on federal legislation, AIUSA members are engaged in efforts to pass gun violence prevention bills at the state level, focusing on legislation that helps protect the rights of communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence.
In addition, AIUSA members are engaged in efforts to pass gun violence prevention bills at the state level, focusing on legislation that helps protect the rights of communities disproportionally impacted by gun violence, including communities of color, children and youth, and individuals at risk of domestic violence
AIUSA is working to address gun violence in the US and compliance with human rights obligations at the global level through regional and international human rights bodies:
To learn more about our End Gun Violence Campaign please visit https://endgunviolence.amnestyusa.org/