National Die-In is a student-led movement continuing the fight for common sense gun reform in America. We seek to reduce the gun violence epidemic plaguing the country and marginalize the power of the gun lobby in our government.
The death tolls have risen far too high to remain silent. We as students will no longer tolerate an inactive government. Our mission is to end lethal legislation that refuses to pinpoint the common denominator of gun violence, guns. We’re making this very clear: it is no longer acceptable to prioritize political funds over the lives of innocent individuals. We demand a safer America.
Specifically, here are the changes we want to see:
1. FUNDING PROVIDED FOR CDC GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH
One of our government’s most important duties is to provide for the common defense of its citizens, and it needs accurate and extensive data in order to do so effectively. The CDC must be allowed to research gun violence as it researches all other forms of health issues in America for the issue to be solved efficiently.
2. DIGITIZATION OF ATF RECORDS
ATF records are still on paper making the process of finding gun owners immensely difficult. This system should be updated and digitized to make the process of finding gun owners, and of bringing guilty parties to justice, far easier.
3. A UNIVERSALIZED BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM
One of the largest preventative measures that can be taken to reduce gun violence is implementing a universal background check system. Alongside this, we must also have a mandatory waiting period when purchasing a firearm or applying for a concealed carry permit (CCW). This is crucial to ensure that there is sufficient time and resources behind evaluating one for gun ownership.
4. PROHIBIT ACCESS TO HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES
These are not a necessity for hunting or any gun related activity except mass shootings. The Second Amendment to the Constitution does not include these accessories and they should be outlawed to reduce deaths related to mass violence.
5. PROHIBIT SALE & TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS
Assault weapons are not only used in mass-shootings, they are also disproportionately used in other violent crimes. Weapons of war do not belong on our streets or schools in any fashion.
6. INCREASE FUNDING TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE
Attacking the gun problem at the source is only part of the solution. We must also reduce violence by providing aid and intervention for those who are on the path to committing acts of violence. This includes providing health care, mending the justice system, and improving education.
7. IMPLEMENT RED FLAG LAWS IN ALL 50 STATES
Red Flag Laws (Extreme Risk Protection Orders) are essential to stopping gun violence before it unfolds. Removing deadly weapons from those who have shown signs that they may commit violent crimes will help de-escalate conflict and prevent violence. Since Connecticut’s ERPO law was passed after Sandy Hook, according to the Christian Science Monitor, “in 99 percent of cases where a risk warrant was issued, police officers found at least one gun and removed an average of seven guns per individual.”
8. PROHIBIT OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS FOR DOMESTIC ABUSERS
Perpetrators of domestic violence have been shown to continuously commit violent acts and often escalate the violence. Prohibiting these individuals from obtaining firearms is crucial in the preventative efforts against gun violence.
9. FEDERALLY MANDATED EFFORTS TO REDUCE GUN TRAFFICKING
Loose gun laws determined by individual states can often make trafficking guns across state borders far too easy. Criminalizing reciprocity for concealed carry is the start of the solution. We must enact federal efforts to prevent the illegal trafficking of firearms throughout the country and recognize this trafficking as a large source of illegal firearms possessed in the United States.
10. MANDATORY SAFE STORAGE & REPORTING OF FIREARM THEFT
Far too many fatal tragedies have occurred at the hands of irresponsible gun owners. Mandatory safe storage laws would reduce accidental injuries or death involving children, prevent gun theft, and save lives. All guns shall be left unloaded and stored in a device deemed secure.
11. HOLD RECKLESS GUN MANUFACTURERS ACCOUNTABLE
Holding corporations responsible will help prevent illegal sales and convince said companies to provide safety measures that will prevent violent acts being committed with stolen firearms. It also brings to light the apathetic nature of these companies’ business dealings in regards to the effects of gun violence on communities and the country.
12. REQUIRE REGISTRATION OF ALL FIREARMS
A mandatory firearm registry will hold gun owners directly accountable for crimes committed with their firearm (excluding the scenario of a stolen weapon). This will encourage gun owners to comply with safe storage guidelines, in the hopes that they cannot be accessed by children or others in the household that pose a threat to themselves or the public. This will also likely reduce the volume of firearms sold illegally on black markets, both foreign and domestic in origin.
13. INCREASE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTHCARE SERVICES
As a country with arguably the largest potential for effective mental healthcare, we have a responsibility to grant that care to our citizens with their best interest in mind. Additionally, we must prohibit individuals who may be at risk of suicide or self injury from purchasing or possessing firearms. The majority of firearm deaths are considered suicides and those who attempt with a firearm are more likely to be successful than by another method.