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Resolution to Support the March for Our Lives and Comprehensive Action to Halt the Epidemic of Gun Violence

Docket 0336

WHEREAS: The failure to regulate the use and ownership of lethal weapons presents an ongoing and mortal risk to young people, residents of low-income communities, people of color and all Americans;

WHEREAS: On February 14, 2018 gun violence took the lives of 17 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; and

WHEREAS: According to the New York Times and the Gun Violence archive, at least 239 school shootings have taken place since the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, CT, claiming the lives of at least 138 individuals; and

WHEREAS: The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 from a gunshot wound inspired millions to take to the streets to protest racism and affirm the sanctity of every life, including black lives; and

WHEREAS: In 2017, according to the Gun Violence Archive, gun-related deaths in the United States exceeded 15,000 and showed year-over-year increase from 2014, 2015, and 2016; and

WHEREAS: The total number of gun-related deaths in United States exceeded 15,000 and showed year-over-year increase from 2014, 2015 and 2016; and

WHEREAS: The total number of gun-related deaths in United States territories since 1968 exceeds the total of American deaths in war since the founding of the country; and

WHEREAS: The American Public Health Association has recognized gun violence as a public health problem and encouraged Congressional and administrative action to reduce gun violence; and

WHEREAS: Communities in Boston, particularly lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color, suffer from ongoing violence, grief and trauma exacerbated by the government’s failure to appropriately regulate firearms; and

WHEREAS: Teachers in Boston’s schools have gone on record in support of sensible regulation of lethal weapons;

WHEREAS: The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is currently advocating for the passage of legislation relative to Extreme Risk Protective Order, H3081, which would address one element of the gun violence epidemic; and

WHEREAS: Young people are calling on responsible adults with the power to do so to protect their health and safety; NOW,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the Boston City Council be on record in support of the national March for Our Lives, state-level efforts to enact sensible gun regulation and science-based study of gun violence as a public health problem.

Filed on: February 28th, 2018

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