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September 22, 2023

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Biden Admin. to announce new federal office of gun violence prevention

President Joe Biden is set to establish the first-ever federal office of gun violence prevention, as outlined by two anonymous individuals with knowledge of the plan.

This office will serve as a central hub for coordinating initiatives throughout the federal government, offering assistance and guidance to states grappling with the rise in gun violence. It will also take a leading role in implementing the bipartisan gun legislation that was signed into law the previous year. The new initiative is expected to be formally announced by President Biden at a White House event, according to the individuals who are privy to the plans.

The establishment of this office represents a crucial step in addressing the concerns of gun safety activists who came together as a coalition to endorse President Biden during the 2024 presidential election. It underscores the White House's commitment to keeping the issue at the forefront, particularly as the president advocates for a ban on so-called 'assault weapons' and calls on Congress to take action.

Kris Brown, president of the gun safety advocacy group Brady, which has been pushing for the creation of this office since 2020, expressed, "The creation of an Office of Gun Violence Prevention in the White House will mark a turning point in how our federal government responds to an epidemic that plagues every state and every community in America."

Key figures expected to assume roles within the newly established office include Greg Jackson, the executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund, and Rob Wilcox from Everytown for Gun Safety. Oversight of the office will fall to Stef Feldman, the White House staff secretary. The Washington Post initially reported on the White House's plans.

It's worth noting that firearms are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. As of 2020, the firearm mortality rate for individuals under the age of 19 in the U.S. stands at 5.6 per 100,000, a stark contrast to Canada, which records 0.08 deaths per 100,000 in the same age group. However, Republican support for gun restrictions has waned, one year after Congress passed the most comprehensive firearms control legislation in decades with bipartisan backing.

While 92% of Democrats are in favor of strengthening gun laws, support among Republicans has dwindled from 49% to 32% since the previous summer, and independent support has also dipped slightly from 72% to 61%. Despite the political divide, both sides concur on the importance of reducing mass shootings in the nation, as indicated by a recent poll.

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The Editor

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