With the nation still reeling from a spate of mass shootings over the summer, a new season now kicks into gear – and with it, a painful anniversary: two years since the Las Vegas massacre – the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The surge of gun violence episodes like that in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have placed the issue front and center on the 2020 stage. Democratic primary candidates have responded with renewed emphasis on gun control proposals, and a push for more progressive plans across the board.
The March for Our Lives’ plan proposes the creation of a new federal position — a director of gun violence prevention — who would report directly to the president.
It also calls for changing the standards for gun ownership, halving the rate of gun deaths in a decade, strengthening accountability for the gun lobby and industry and generating new community-based solutions.