Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after he joined Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Dina Titus (D-NV) as an original co-sponsor in reintroducing the Keep Americans Safe Act
, legislation that will prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A Senate companion was also introduced by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ):
“I was pleased to join my colleagues in introducing the Keep Americans Safe Act
, just two days ahead of the first anniversary of the of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our nation is facing a gun violence epidemic. Each year, over 120,000 Americans become victims of gun violence. Every day, an average of 34 Americans are murdered with a firearm. In 2018, there was an average of one school shooting incident every seven and a half school days. The shameful reality of our country’s situation is unlike that of any other developed nation.
“The Keep Americans Safe Act
presents commonsense solutions that will limit the ammunition capacity of magazines, thus decreasing the scope of gun violence tragedies. Large capacity magazines were meant for war zones, but were used in Las Vegas, where 59 people were killed; in Sandy Hook, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed; in Aurora, where 12 people were killed; and at Fort Hood, where 13 people were killed. Large capacity magazines turn firearms into weapons of war, which have no place in our communities today.
“Our nation’s inability to act on a commonsense solution to end gun violence is shameful. For far too long, this country has been plagued with the scourge of preventable violence, which tears apart families and destroys communities. I will continue to fight for legislation that brings us closer to ending gun violence in this country.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.