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Save the Children Supports Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation to Protect Children

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2022) – After the unveiling of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, Christy Gleason, Vice President of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children, issued the following statement:

“Save the Children believes that all children have the right to live in a world free from violence and fear. We work in over 300 U.S. communities, partnering with local leaders, dedicated educators and families to prioritize the safety and development of the next generation. Yet, far too many children continue to live under the threat of violence. In 2020, gun violence became the leading cause of death for children in America, and tragedies like Uvalde have become increasingly prevalent inside schools and communities where protection from harm should be unequivocal. Save the Children, along with our political advocacy arm Save the Children Action Network, strongly supports the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, and calls on Congress to quickly pass this legislation. While this represents an important policy breakthrough, we also recognize there is a long road ahead. We encourage policymakers and community leaders to come together to champion this effort so that all children are afforded the right to learn and grow in a safe environment.

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