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Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall

Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall

A gun control group helmed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday unveiled a gun violence memorial on the National Mall to honor Americans who have died in shootings.

Giffords was joined by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiIncreasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-Calif.) and other gun control advocates, including Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySweeping election reform bill faces Senate buzz saw Kabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits Sen. Murphy calls for Yemen's Houthis to accept ceasefire following trip to Middle East MORE (D-Conn.), for a press conference to discuss the memorial and to stress the need to pass gun safety legislation.

The memorial honors the 40,000 people who die from gun violence each year with 40,000 silk flowers. Giffords said that the memorial is a tribute to victims, as well as a call for the Senate to act on gun violence prevention legislation. It is open for public viewing and will be taken down on Friday.

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The installation was designed by Doug Landry, who is also the artist behind the COVID-19 installation on the National Mall.

“We are at a crossroads. We can let the shooting continue or we can act. We can protect our families, our future. We can vote. We can be on the right side of history. Please join us in this fight,” Giffords, herself a gun violence survivor, said.

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Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathLawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off On The Trail: Census data kicks off the biggest redistricting fight in American history Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall MORE (D-Fla.) and Mike ThompsonCharles (Mike) Michael ThompsonGiffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Democrats have a growing tax problem with SALT MORE (D-Calif.) also attended the press conference.

President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE last week outlined six actions the administration is planning to take to tackle gun violence prevention, including action on “ghost guns” and “red flag laws.”

The president called on Congress to pass two bills the House passed last month. One would strengthen background checks, and the other would close the so-called Charleston loophole by extending the time federal investigators have to conduct background checks.

He also called on Congress to pass an assault weapon ban and a ban on high-capacity magazines, which was passed in 1994 under President Clinton and expired in 2004.