Of the many issues currently facing the United States, one of an especially pressing nature is the issue of gun control, specifically with respect to high capacity assault weapons. This issue has come to the forefront of political conversation in light of recent extreme gun violence. On December 14, 2012, the nation’s heart broke, as it learned of yet another mass shooting; however, this time, the victims were mostly children. At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults were slain by a deranged 20 year-old with a semi-automatic assault rifle and a high-capacity magazine. It is understandable that such horrific imagery has prompted great outrage and outpouring of support for the families of the victims, but perhaps more significantly, the shooting at Sandy Hook has generated a widespread call to action.
"This has become our new normal and it has become very dispiriting how these kinds of tragedies can be eclipsed by the next tragedy," said Kris Brown, the co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which has been pushing for expanded background check legislation that is currently polling at more than 90% approval.
That’s why the NYAGV Education Fund created the ReACTION Youth Education Program. At this year-long program taught in New York City public schools, students learn about the dangers of gun violence and how they can advocate to make positive change in their communities.
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Kelley’s domestic violence conviction by military court should have prevented him from passing a federal background check. He should not have been able to purchase a gun from a licensed firearms dealer.
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In 2007, more recent studies by Children’s Defense Fund provided more statistical information on children and young adults of all races, who are subjected to gun violence, has triple since 2007.
Devin P. Kelley had a history of domestic violence on his military record that should have barred him from owning guns, but he was armed with a 5.56-millimeter Ruger semiautomatic rifle that he was allowed to buy because of a bureaucratic error by the Air Force.