We have been called to act against the number one killer of America’s children. It is time for our nation to answer that call.

We have been called to act against the number one killer of America’s children. It is time for our nation to answer that call.

June 21stst The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in what would become a landmark 8-1 decision that “when a court finds that a person poses a credible threat to the physical safety of others, that person may be temporarily disarmed, consistent with the Second Amendment.”

This decision in United States v. Rahimi This comes just days before another historic event: US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy issued an advisory on gun violence in America, declaring it “an urgent public health problem” that “requires immediate national awareness and action.”

He’s right. If you look at the data, the numbers are shocking.

Since 2020, firearm injuries have become the leading cause of death for American children ages 1 to 19, surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time in history.

According to a recent national survey, 54% of American adults reported having been the victim of a firearm-related incident, or having been the victim of one, or a family member. Nearly one in five American adults report having a family member killed by a firearm, including by suicide.

Our country has reached a nearly three-decade high in gun-related deaths; and the latest CDC data reveals that suicides are at an all-time high, with firearms being the leading means of suicide.

These preventable deaths make our nation less safe:

· In the United States, four in five adults (79%) report “feeling stressed about the possibility of a mass shooting, and one in three adults (33%) say fear keeps them from going to certain places or attending certain events.”

· Half of 14- to 17-year-olds in the United States are concerned about school shootings, and according to The Washington PostMore than 370,000 students have been victims of gun violence at school since Columbine in 1999.

As a nation, we have always cherished our right to bear arms – in fact, it has been an integral part of our founding. As we reflect on Independence Day and celebrate all that makes our nation great – and there is truly so much to celebrate – we must remember that we are a nation that has addressed its problems and shortcomings in the past with innovative solutions.

After some confusion over the interpretation of New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. BruenCourts and lawmakers have grappled with how they can legally address this growing challenge of gun injuries and deaths. The Supreme Court has now made clear that when an individual poses a threat to others, it is constitutional and consistent with historical precedent to temporarily remove their access to firearms. In this decision, they have given states and the federal government a clear ability to address our current crisis. The evidence base is growing with studies that show which laws can reverse the trend: We know that background checks on every gun transaction reduce homicides in states that have implemented them; temporary transfer laws that temporarily remove access to firearms for people in crisis and who pose a threat reduce suicides by up to 13 percent and have been used to prevent mass shootings; and requiring responsible and secure storage of firearms—when combined with child access prevention laws—can reduce youth gun deaths.

In 2015, more than 9 out of 10 children (ages 0-14) who died from gun injuries in 29 high-income countries lived in the United States. The gun death rate is 11.4 times higher than in the other 28 countries. We are not the only country with mental health problems—as some believe—nor are we a much more violent country by other measures such as burglaries and robberies. Our children do not have to live with regular target practice. We do not have to live in fear of gun violence at parades, in grocery stores, or at the movies.

As citizens, we must vote for those who are willing to stoically and responsibly address this crisis. As legislators, we must do the hard work of finding a compromise that upholds the Constitution but also keeps our communities and children safe. As gun owners, we must recognize the extraordinary right and responsibility of the Second Amendment, receive proper training, and always store our firearms safely. As parents, we must normalize conversations about gun safety with our children and with other parents.

This is a moment for action. The Supreme Court has made it clear that we have the ability to protect our communities from those who pose a threat to themselves or others. The Chief Public Health Officer has made it clear why we must act. We have the tools to address this public health crisis. Now we must work to implement them.