Women’s March: “Any Gun Safety Measure that Scapegoats Marginalized Communities is a Betrayal”

 

For Immediate Release:

February 28, 2019

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The Bill to Curb Gun Violence Discriminates Against Undocumented Immigrants

Washington, DC -- In response to the House’s passage of H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 — the first actions Congress has taken on gun violence in a decade, expanding background checks for all gun sales and extending the time required for FBI background checks from 3 days to 10 days, closing the “Charleston loophole” — Kim Russell, Executive Advisor at Women’s March, and a gun violence survivor, issued the following statement:

“While the passage of gun safety legislation in Congress is overdue and necessary, it’s disappointing to see these bills come at the expense of others in our movement. H.R. 8 in its final form did not look like the bill we initially supported. At the last minute, Republican representatives, with the support of 26 Democrats, added language designed to target undocumented immigrants. Similarly, H.R. 1112 includes language that is offensive to people with mental health disabilities.

Any gun safety measure that scapegoats marginalized communities is a betrayal. Gun violence is not an isolated issue, and there’s no way to end gun violence without addressing the hatred and bigotry that also targets our communities.”

“Particularly under this administration, any measure that can inflict harm on immigrant communities will be abused to its fullest extent. We demand better gun safety measures that do not come at the expense of immigrants and vilify people with mental health disabilities, and we expect the Democrats to fight for them. We won’t be divided by fear and hate.

“We urge the Senate to protect the civil liberties of all communities when debating and voting on gun safety legislation while strengthening protections that keep all Americans safe.”

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Firas Nasr