What We’re Seeking:
On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas killing fifty-eight people and injuring more than five hundred. Then, on November 5, another shooter killed twenty-six people worshipping at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 14, yet another man killed at least four at a California elementary school and other locations around Rancho Tehama, leaving at least ten additional people injured.
The shootings have continued in 2018. Most recently, on February 14, a nineteen-year-old killed seventeen people after entering a Parkland, Florida, high school with a semiautomatic rifle. This event once again sparked a national debate regarding the need to change gun laws and the role that the gun lobby plays in thwarting any policy change.
While politicians continue to offer statements of their “thoughts and prayers,” American Oversight is seeking to shed light on what steps state and federal officials are taking to address gun violence in the wake of the recent tragedies and to expose how the gun lobby and organizations like the NRA are influencing policy behind closed doors.