Durbin joins senators in letter about gun safety to comptroller
Gun safety, as well as gun safety in the home, is a top priority for several U.S. senators, as they recently wrote a letter to Comptroller General of the United States, Gene L. Dodaro.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, along with U.S. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 18 other Democratic senators wrote and signed the letter. They are seeking a request from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess gun safety and public health programs and how these have been impacted from previous campaigns.
“With more than 300 million guns in American homes, we write to request that the Government Accountability Office conduct a study to assess the efficacy of public health and safety programs designed to impact gun safety, including the storage and security of guns in households throughout our country,” the senators wrote in the letter. “Too many families have suffered tragic losses and hardships as a result of gun deaths and injuries. This public health burden demands an assessment of potential actions by the federal government, including the possibility of robust partnerships with established nonprofits and provider organizations in the development of a public campaign aimed at informing physicians, clinicians, parents, and families about the public health need to address this urgent issue.”
Several prominent Democrats signed the bill, such as Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).