Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Bill To Develop Solutions To Gun Violence

September 15, 2021 16:17 pm · 49 comments

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier announced the introduction of the Gun Safety Board and Research Act, a bill that would help to combat gun violence through what he says is evidence-based, scientific solutions.

The bill would establish a board of experts housed at the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for conducting research, evaluating federal and state policy proposals, and recommending best practices for reducing firearm deaths.

“Gun violence is the leading cause of premature death in the United States. It is a public health crisis, and it deserves to be treated with the same scientific and evidence-based approach that we use to treat diseases and other threats to public health,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. “As the son of someone who took their own life with a gun, I have worked throughout my career to put an end to the gun violence epidemic. The creation of the nonpartisan Gun Safety Board will allow us to focus on quality research and thoughtful solutions to the many causes and impacts of gun violence and deaths through the lens of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities.”

The Gun Safety Board would be comprised of people within the fields of law enforcement, public health, mental health care, gun violence prevention research, gun manufacturing, victim advocacy, and racial justice advocacy.

The Board would look at the way gun violence affects our lives, including through mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicides, and would:

  • Conduct original research into reducing gun violence;
  • Make policy and funding recommendations at the local, state, and federal level aimed at reducing gun violence;
  • Identify gaps in gun violence research that should be filled;
  • Evaluate existing federal and state laws and proposals aimed at reducing gun violence; and
  • Provide grants to educate the public about the causes and effects of gun violence and to conduct additional research.
Anonymous September 15, 2021 at 4:32 PM

You can’t address “gun violence” without addressing crime and the root causes of crime, which are tied to culture, single-motherhood and bad/no parenting.

But that would be racist since single-motherhood automatically means blacks to the left, so the elephant in the room will keep crapping on the rug and nothing will be done other than to further limit the rights of the law-abiding, who are the low-hanging fruit the gun grabbers always penalize because it’s easy and by definition, they obey the law.

The goal is to make gun control a public health issue so they can order the same draconian measures and edicts they used for COVID-19.

Fred September 16, 2021 at 1:37 AM

100% Correct

Yertle the Turtle September 16, 2021 at 8:28 AM

13 % of the population commits 56 % of the violent crime.

RANDOM TASK September 15, 2021 at 4:36 PM

woah now there de slacker

your governor is releasing all the gun violent offenders

conflict of interest while using our money to make a fake board

yes you dems do it routinely but now your just flaunting our money in our faces as you use it for your campaign and party propaganda

your words
The creation of the nonpartisan Gun Safety Board will allow us to focus on quality research and thoughtful solutions to the many causes and impacts of gun violence and deaths

focus on quality research so you as a worker for the people are not doing that right now or ever is that what your saying

as well as you say …solutions to the many causes and impacts of gun violence

well it would seem again your speaking out your dem agenda again
causes and impacts ….
errr we are all ready here and are witnessing the causes and impacts of dem policy to actually help the violence escalate

your releasing prisoners to commit violence
the same prisoners you want to vote dem so the problem is you ….directly

is that clear enough and did not need a board or panel or study group

over the last year we have seen all of the dems tricks and tactics and so called lack of transparency to the people over your actions to cause chaos by releasing felons by the thousands into communities un checked

or have you not heard of LA COUNTY

again check with governor before you abuse the free for all on our money

Ricardoh September 15, 2021 at 4:46 PM

I’m going to save you guys some time. It is called stop and frisk and long jail sentences. Anything else and you are wasting time and money.

TGUNN September 15, 2021 at 4:50 PM

Really, another bill, more wasted tax money. They will just release the criminal or kamala will post bail. what a joke.

Tino September 15, 2021 at 4:51 PM

A board appointed by whom???? Sounds like a way to put political supporters on the government payroll.

Dr Jellyfinger September 15, 2021 at 4:58 PM

What the real health problem is, is all this smoke choking us out every summer… why doesn’t Mark worry about that and find out what happened to the $150 million that Newsom took from Cal Fire’s fire prevention program?

Maybe Mark could find out why Newsom claimed he got fire prevention work on 90,000 acres, but the state’s own data show the actual number is 11,399? You crooks are killing us!

If you want to solve the gun violence problem Mark, you need to solve the gang problem. Gang violence IS the gun violence problem.

You can leave legally owned guns and law abiding citizens out of it…. that isn’t the problem!

Sick of it September 15, 2021 at 5:02 PM

Want to curb it. Start informing the already existing gun laws. Use a gun go to jail kill some one life sentence then. As is you hear all to often of some one being arrested that already have felony charges with a gun and also has a history of weapon charges. But no let these idiots clear the jails and let them back on the streets and then put all the laws against us legal gun owners. This guy is a complete waste in solving any of our problems and the Democratic Party as a whole have made California a mess in all aspects of life and safety. Quit voting for these idiots

The Wizard September 15, 2021 at 5:07 PM

Sounds like a waste of money, to me. Just like Mark is a waste air and space.

WC September 15, 2021 at 5:10 PM

Try enforcing existing laws, quit letting violent felons out of jail. Problem solved, genius.

xj September 15, 2021 at 5:11 PM

More money with no results.

Start enforcing the current laws on the books. Stop pandering to the felons.

TC September 15, 2021 at 5:13 PM

Yep, done a bang up job so far. There has only been 1 regulation that has ever effected gun violence, the original 7 day cooling off period, extending it to 10 days did nothing, should be 5 max, IMO, but every other law that claims to be about gun violence is either a tax or just a penalty for being a gun owner in California. If politicians wanted to lower gun violence they would go after the actual causes. 60% of gun deaths are suicide, where is the public outcry, where is the senate discussion. Poverty, Lack of “Career” jobs, lack of quality education, all things found in high crime areas. If you lowered suicide by firearms just 10% you would be preventing approximately 4300 gun deaths a year. That is how you start lowering gun deaths

Cellophane September 15, 2021 at 5:21 PM

That’s easy.

Convict criminals, keep them in jail a long time.

Problem pretty much solved.

Let the Police police. They need to crack a few heads.

American Citizen September 15, 2021 at 5:47 PM

Let the police do their job. We hired them for a reason. We’ve basically tied their hands. It needs to go back to the same way it was in the ’60s. You rough up a few of these criminals, it’s going to send a message.

Martinezmike September 15, 2021 at 5:35 PM

The solutions for Mark Desaulnier are Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, and Gas-X liguid formula.

nytemuvr September 15, 2021 at 5:36 PM

Finally, a government entity to study gun violence, what a novel idea. I’m sure they’ll get to the bottom of this gun crisis.

BOOYAH! September 15, 2021 at 6:13 PM

Like Heels Up got to the bottom of the illegal immigrant problem.

American Citizen September 15, 2021 at 5:46 PM

How these people continue to be reelected is a source of amazement to me. That this guy would come up with something like this without addressing the root problem. You’re releasing convicted criminals into our community at alarming rates. That on itself is going to contribute to higher crime. We already have the most stringent gun laws in the country. What more do you want? The fact will always remain, criminals don’t buy guns from gun stores. They get them from other criminals.

Concord74 September 16, 2021 at 10:05 AM

These people get re-elected because this state is inundated with liberal Demos!! Need to get rid of Skinner(BKLY), Eshoo(SNJS), Lee(State),
Wiener(SF), Glazer(ORND), and DeSaulnier.
DeSaulnier reminds me of that worthless speech when Obiden indicated that he felt for the loss of Gold Star Moms since his experience of loss of “Beau” Binden. “Beau” died of cancer, NOT in combat!!

Badge1104 September 15, 2021 at 5:48 PM

The first and most obvious solution is to keep the criminals in jail. That’s your number one reason for all these shootings is that they’re all running loose.
Longer-term solution if you’ve got to start building families back! All these angry and violent young men usually had no father in their life but were born out of wedlock to single mom. But do the political correctness we’re not allowed to acknowledge this true fact.

Justifiable languor September 16, 2021 at 7:03 AM

AMEN brother.

Justifiable languor September 15, 2021 at 5:51 PM

The laws are fine. The problem is letting the morally or mentally unskilled out with no supervision is a guaranteed failure. The need a chance at reduced sentences for good behavior and then enroll in a halfway house type structure..

AnimalLover September 15, 2021 at 6:10 PM

Stop It!! This fool can’t be serious.
How about enforcing existing laws, supporting the police, making arrests, mandatory jail time, no parole and don’t let criminals out of jail early.
Sorry. I take that back. Behaving logically and wisely is clearly White Supremacy and of course the liberal alternative is best.
Convene a group of newscum supporters, and have newscum be the keynote speaker to discuss the matter at the French Laundry. Desanguinate can be the moderator.

caskydiver September 15, 2021 at 6:25 PM

1. enforce laws against criminals using guns. The problem is that these laws arent enforced just so they can perpetuate a “gun problem” narrative to promote further gun control laws.
2. destigmatize mental health treatment
3. enforce not just gun laws, but all laws (including those you may not like – like illegal immigration).
4. Hold everyone accountable – especially government officials.

Tsa September 15, 2021 at 6:47 PM

Thank you, laughter is the best medicine…

The Fearless Spectator September 15, 2021 at 8:54 PM


Ms. Mom September 15, 2021 at 6:53 PM

He needs to start with black market guns & see how well that works.

Leeland September 15, 2021 at 7:02 PM

Sounds like a HUGE waste of taxpayer $$$$.

Bobo September 15, 2021 at 7:09 PM

News flash, how about putting criminals in jail. It works in other countries.

Puffandstuff September 15, 2021 at 7:36 PM

Yeah it was the gun that killed his dad 🙄

Tj September 15, 2021 at 8:20 PM

Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

Mtz Guy September 15, 2021 at 8:41 PM

I think Auntie Nancy must have given this assignment for his next progress report! What a Fool.

Officer Barbrady September 15, 2021 at 9:20 PM

For heavens sake. Could DeSaulnier stop telling us his father committed suicide? He is as bad as Biden braying about his dead son. I’m sorry they are dead but we don’t need constant reminders. Press releases shouldn’t be therapy for politicians.

RANDOM TASK September 15, 2021 at 10:08 PM

oh no it looks like he is fishing for us to say yes to paying gun violence participants to not shoot people

lol i can not believe people are actually dem voters

all dem politicians do is steal and let criminals terrorize us

oh and burn the state for profit

yepp all good here keep voting dem

i mean really wow

Dr Jellyfinger September 15, 2021 at 10:17 PM

Maybe you’re right I.L.Popcorn…. perhaps we’re too critical of Mark & Gavin.
Tell us some of the wonderful things they’ve done for California & it’s hard working taxpayers.
Give us something to cheer about… or are you just rooting for them because you’re a Democrat?

Amy September 15, 2021 at 10:50 PM

Board of Experts? Another committee? More laws? How original Mark. Here’s an idea-Why don’t we enforce the thousands of gun laws that we already have?

Dawg September 15, 2021 at 11:53 PM

Popcorn, didn’t you say that you have been thinking about leaving California because you don’t like the high cost of living, and the crime? California is a Democrat run state. Part of the reason housing is so expensive is because of the restrictions put in place by Democrats. And how can you deny that crime has gone up because your hero, Gavin Newsom, released thousands of felons from the prisons? By releasing these felons early, your hero is not only responsible for the rise in crime, he is also responsible for the rise in homelessness. Or did you think all the released felons have a nice, cozy home waiting for them?
What will happen if you move to another state? Will you hang on to your liberal ideals and continue to vote Democrat, thinking it will make a difference?
Once in a while you post comments, and I enjoy reading them. Sometimes I even agree with you, but I haven’t seen you engage in a conversation or debate. Why is that? I would love to hear your ideas on what good the Dems have done for California.

Original G September 16, 2021 at 1:20 AM

Firstly ensure reporting to federal authorities is taking place as it should, keeping firearms out of hands of unstable mental defectives.

Virginia Tech shooter killed 32 and injured over a dozen more.
“Under federal law, the Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from purchasing a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment…”

“Federal law prohibits anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective,” as well as those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, from purchasing a gun.”
He was never reported to federal authorities.

Aurora Theater mass shooting,
Known to law enforcement, mental health issues known.
Psychiatrist warned James Holmes was dangerous”
He was never reported to federal authorities.

“Air Force failed to flag up Texas church gunman for his assault arrest SIX times before he massacred 26 people…”
He was never reported to federal authorities.

‘San Jose mass shooter was detained by Homeland Security with book about terrorism and notes about hating his job FIVE YEARS before he targeted and gunned down nine colleagues’
daily mail
He was never reported to federal authorities.

An how about reviewing the “good” gun free zones have brought to our children in the years since becoming law ? ? ?

Gun free zones are little more than invitations to rabid mental defectives out for their 15 minutes of fame that their wretched pathetic lives would never have afford them. Each one trying to out do the last one by getting a higher body count.

‘Mass Shooters Prefer Gun-Free Zones’

“What society in human history ever gathered its children together, then issued a public guarantee that they would be left completely undefended?”
— Alex Rawls

‘Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990’
“Introduced in the Senate as S.3266 by
Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-DE) on October 27, 1990
Passed the Senate on October 27, 1990 (passed voice vote) ”
note, DEMs controlled both houses of congress in 1990.

More failures to report
Aurora Theater mass shooting,
Known to law enforcement, mental health issues known.
Psychiatrist warned James Holmes was dangerous”

Tuscon mass shooting,
‘mentally unstable dropout’ who had met Gabrielle Giffords before ‘
“Jared Loughner Had 5 Run-ins with College Police”

Navy Yard mass shooting,
“Report: Concerns about Navy Yard shooter never reported”

Parkland mass shooting,
“Here’s what Broward schools knew about Parkland shooter”
“Did Lax Obama-Era School-Discipline Policies Enable the Parkland Shooter? ”

Also suggest review of Community Mental Health Act of 1963, signed into law by JFK, Passed by 88th congress, should come as no surprise, was also DEM controlled. CMHA they passed forced mental health treatment down onto local level. An appears congress has not revisited or attempted fixing their blunder.

‘Kennedy’s vision for mental health never realized’
2013 usa today

‘ … America’s 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails’

Did Community Mental Health Act of 1963 seed problems we see today,
daily in our communities ? ?

An for some reason Firearms are viewed as causative while mental health and enforcement of laws and procedures already in place to report those who should be barred from firearms purchase continue to be ignored. WHY ?

Duck September 16, 2021 at 1:53 AM

“You can take them when you pry them from my cold dead hands”.

Bdpirate September 16, 2021 at 6:42 AM

Hey Mark, this sounds like the same bill as Chicago passed 10 years ago, give em a call and ask them how that’s working out..
Mark you’re not even a legend in your own mind.

JRocks September 16, 2021 at 7:31 AM


What is Trumpism? Can you define it? I am hearing the term more and more and it sounds real bad.

D September 16, 2021 at 7:33 AM

Firearms are not the leading cause of premature death in the us. Four factors—poor diet, high blood pressure, obesity, and tobacco use—were identified as primary causes of early death (defined as occurring before age 86) in the United States. Stop saying science. Think mental health needs more services and stop letting violent criminals back out on our streets.

Sam Malone September 16, 2021 at 8:23 AM

The law abiding citizens should not be kept from protecting themselves from all of the criminals that are out and about due to Newsom and his fellow leftists who continue to allow prison releases.

Sorry, we need to protect ourselves from this element as LE no longer is allowed to protect us.


RANDOM TASK September 16, 2021 at 9:05 AM

Conduct original research into reducing gun violence;…
>>>you mean like arresting felons and keeping them in prison

Make policy and funding recommendations at the local, state, and federal level aimed at reducing gun violence;…..
>>>oh you mean like building more prisons for gun violence criminals

Identify gaps in gun violence research that should be filled;….
>>> oh you mean allowing illegals connected to gangs into our country

Evaluate existing federal and state laws and proposals aimed at reducing gun violence;….
>>>> oh you mean evaluating the laws that the dems changed to be soft on crime as a whole

Provide grants to educate the public about the causes and effects of gun violence and to conduct additional research…..
>>> oh you mean paying felons who committed gun crimes to not shoot anyone

seems you the bartender have the ear of the city and all its democrat needs
seems you have illegals and criminals first
seems you have been elected to be the fool of the state and administer the socialist’s mandates to the people
under the guise of asking us for more money to study how to screw ourselves more under dem guidance regime

just say no to dems
just say no
just say no

or enslave your children to dem ideal ology of criminals first
children dead …last

Exit 12A September 16, 2021 at 11:45 AM

“.. nonpartisan board…”
Yeah… right.

The faearless Spectator September 16, 2021 at 1:25 PM

Their bullet points are vague and pedestrian.

How about incarcerating people who other shoot others?

Randy September 16, 2021 at 2:57 PM

Enforce the laws we have on the books now, don’t let thugs off with a slap on the wrist – actually really prosecute and don’t be so lenient

chuckie the troll September 17, 2021 at 9:05 AM

Strict sentencing of people using a gun in the commission of a crime is useless when the state and local government fail to enforce current laws. Early release of violent felons should be against the law. How about that?

I no longer expect honesty, integrity or logic to come out of the mouth of a Liberal politician.

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