Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day:
“Americans from across the country today will join forces, raise voices and wear orange to demand action on gun safety. Far too many communities in this nation have been afflicted by the scourge of gun violence and action is long overdue.
“In Maryland, this epidemic hits close to home. Last summer – almost a year ago to this day – a gunman murdered five journalists at The Capital Gazette office building. And almost every single day, the gun violence crisis impacts communities in Maryland and across the country, with approximately 100 Americans killed by guns on a daily basis.
“We must seize this moment and build on the growing momentum for reform by taking meaningful steps to reduce gun violence and save lives. That means restoring the assault weapons ban, prohibiting high-capacity magazines, authorizing gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and raising the buying age for semiautomatic rifles to 21, to name just a few positive prescriptions. These solutions – along with similar efforts at the state and local levels – will help improve safety in our communities and turn the tide on gun violence.”