Across the country, far too many parents are being forced to bury their babies. It is the club no family ever wants to be a part of.
Before the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, there were warning signs. Before the attack in Parkland, Florida, there was a dangerous YouTube channel and multiple FBI tips from friends and strangers alike. Before Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Columbine, there were prior threats against family members and students.
And beyond these most infamous attacks on our schools, research shows that time and time again, a shooter has told someone their plans before they carry them out. Someone knows the shooter has weapons. Someone knows the shooter was filled with violent thoughts, or even that a person is thinking of taking their own life. But too often, despite someone knowing, families and law enforcement officers are powerless to do anything about it.
That is why, in the wake of another tragic shooting of schoolchildren in our nation, the House will vote to advance measures we’ve written that promote a bipartisan and data-backed solution that can curb gun violence and keep our communities safe: extreme risk protection orders, otherwise known as red flag laws.