Congressman Danny K. Davis is joined by Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic Caucus Chair, and Commissioner Dennis Deer.
Gun Violence Prevention Day is everyday
Everyday should be Gun Violence Prevention Day. Gun violence is a public health issue especially for black males and their families. The CDC reported that in 2020, the leading cause of death for black males between the ages of 15 and 34 was homicide by firearm.
In Chicago, black males top the list of individuals likely to die violently.
This year alone, of the 222 homicides 79% were black males.
In 2021, of the 793 homicides, 73% were black males;
In 2020, of the 775 homicides 91% were black males.
Of the 792 homicides in 2016, one of those individuals was my grandson.
My family and I are still suffering from his tragic death due to gun violence. Preventing gun violence is one of the most pressing issues of our time. And, for anyone saying that I haven’t done enough, are just wrong, wrong, wrong.
For several years in a row, since 2013, I have introduced the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act to deter gun violence through the House Committee I serve on, which is Ways and Means. I have also co-sponsored over 1200-gun control pieces of legislation, supported legislation for every session in Congress.
Gun violence prevention day is everyday for Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and myself. We beg and plead, hoping enough Republicans will support any of the more than 1200 con control legislation put on the table.
Gun violence prevention is much bigger than taking guns off the streets. Gun violence prevention begins at birth. Poverty, mental health, substance use, unemployment, low self-esteem all contributes to gun violence. We are working very hard to close the gap through the legislative visions such as Build Back Better. We were fortunate to provide families with the Child Tax credit, guaranteeing families with children at least 300 dollars extra a month. This legislation emerged from my committee. We have done so much – and we continue to fight on.
Today, I am asking people to put down the guns on this Memorial Day. Life is precious. I am asking you to love one another.
If we respect the word of God, take care of the poor. Matthew 5:44 teaches us that we are to love our enemies. In Matthew 22:37-38 say the greatest commandment of Jesus is that we are to have a love for the Lord God with all our heart. In Mark 12:31, Jesus taught us to have a love for our neighbor as for ourselves. We will thrive as a church community, as a families, as a nation.
I want to welcome my good friend and colleague Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. We might as say that Chairman Jeffries is like us. He was born in Brooklyn Hospital – Cook County Hospital. Raised in Crown Heights. He attended New York’s Public School System, Chicago Public schools. He was the chief sponsor of the First Step Act. I was the Chief Sponsor of the Second Chance Act. He is a rising star in the Democratic Party and I am extremely glad he is here with us.