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June 10, 2021

Congressman David Trone Hosts Gun Violence Prevention Roundtable with Local Gun Safety Advocates

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June 10, 2021

Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov 

Congressman David Trone Hosts Gun Violence Prevention Roundtable with Local Gun Safety Advocates

Rep. David Trone with Jean Kranefeld, Mindy Landau, Giselle Morch, and Jeannie She. Watch the full conversation here

WASHINGTON — In honor of gun violence prevention month, Representative David Trone (MD-06) hosted a roundtable with local gun safety advocates to discuss how to pass common sense gun reform in Congress. You can watch the event here.

The panelists included Jean Kranefeld from Moms Demand Action; Mindy Landau, co-founder of the Montgomery County chapter of Brady United Against Gun Violence; Walt Whitman High School student Jeannie She from Students Demand Action; and Everytown Survivor Senior Fellow Giselle Morch. The group discussed how smart gun technology could prevent countless gun-related deaths, gun safety in public schools, the need for universal background checks, and the connection between mental illness and gun deaths.  

It’s about time the cycle of gun violence ends in America. Right now, 38,826 people die by guns each year and the sad truth is that this number only continues to grow. In Maryland, gun deaths have increased by 36% over the last decade. So many of these tragedies could be avoided if Congress passed common sense gun legislation. Simple solutions like requiring smart gun technology and enforcing universal background checks could quite literally save lives.

“I have been thinking a lot about these words lately, which my friend and former colleague Representative Elijiah Cummings used to say so often — ‘we are better than this.’ When it comes to the gun violence that grips our communities on a near constant basis, we are certainly better than this,” said Representative Trone. “Our country has endured far too many tragedies due to gun violence and it’s about time we take action. Thoughts and prayers don’t bring back our loved ones.”

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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