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We Know How To Keep Kids Safe

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This piece was originally published in the June 6, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“Over the last two decades, more school-aged children have died from guns than on-duty police officers and active-duty military combined. Think about that: more kids than on-duty cops killed by guns, more kids than soldiers killed by guns.” – President Joe Biden

Gun violence is the leading cause of death for American children and teenagers.

That staggering fact sets the United States apart from all other developed nations. And yet, according to a new poll from CBS News, a whopping 44 percent of Republicans believe that we just have to accept mass shootings as a fact of life. MAGA Republicans share a dangerous and misguided notion of freedom that is killing our kids. What about their freedom to feel safe in school, in the grocery store, in movie theaters, and on in their neighborhoods.

The United States has  implemented commonsense safety rules to ensure car seats, robes, and baby bottles do not pose a danger to children. We know how to keep kids safe from gun violence, too. It’s time to take action against the leading cause of death for American children and implement new and strong measures to stop gun violence.

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The image features a headline that reads: Which item has NOT been banned or recalled for posing a threat to children?  Below the headline are the following items with the word ‘recall’ stamped on top of them: a baby rocker, school chairs, a kid’s onesie, a bottle of bubble bath, and three pairs of kid’s socks.  The final item without the word ‘recall’ is an AR-15.  A footer reads: Guns are the leading cause of death for kids and teens. Isn't it time we acted like it?

 

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This piece was originally published in the June 6, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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