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Representative Kathrine Clark: Deadly Silence

Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark honors the victims of homicide and mass shootings, and urges readers to listen and take action.

Virginia Tech. Tucson. Aurora. Navy Yard. Newtown. Albuquerque. Houston. Santa Barbara. The list goes on.

There was a time when mass shootings shook our nation to its core, and our elected leaders would find a way to address the unthinkable. They would struggle to get it right, but ultimately they would act.

It happened in 1934 with Roosevelt’s “New Deal for Crime.” It happened again 46 years ago when high profile assassinations resulted in the Gun Control Act of 1968. And it happened in 1993, despite the NRA’s intense opposition, with the passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Program.

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