October 31, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 173 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
ACCIDENTAL SHOOTINGS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 173
(House of Representatives - October 31, 2019)
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[Page H8707] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ACCIDENTAL SHOOTINGS (Mr. LEVIN of California asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LEVIN of California. Madam Speaker, every single day, eight kids are killed or injured by unintentional shootings with guns found in the home. Last week a 9-year-old child accidentally shot their 4-year-old sibling in the face at their home in Tennessee. Earlier this year a 4- year-old boy in Oakland barely survived after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a gun he found under the pillow. These accidental shootings are preventable. That is why I am introducing the Prevent Family Fire Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill to reduce gun violence by providing a modest tax credit to incentivize the sale of things like gun safes. If we expand safe storage, we can reduce accidental shootings by 73 percent. It is not just accidental shootings. Over 75 percent of school shootings involve kids and teens having access to unsecured guns at home, and more than 80 percent of guns used by youth in suicide attempts were kept in the home of a victim, a relative, or a friend. There is much more we need to do to address gunfire, but this commonsense bill is a step we can take to save lives. ____________________