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Guns kill or injure more than 90,000 Americans each year. Yet, guns are virtually the only consumer product not regulated for health and safety.

Congress has given regulatory authority to federal agencies to assure that almost all consumer products in America are safe. For example, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates the safety of nearly 15,000 consumer products used in or around the home. But no federal agency has the power to ensure that guns manufactured and sold are safe.

Past efforts to regulate guns for health and safety were defeated by America's pro-gun lobby. When the CPSC was created in 1972, the gun lobby pressured Congress to specifically exempt guns and ammunition from its jurisdiction. Other efforts to regulate the sale of ammunition in 1981 were also defeated.

More than 30 years ago, the United States made prevention of deaths from motor vehicles injuries a national priority. As a result, the death rate from motor vehicle crashes was cut nearly in half. An estimated quarter of a million deaths have been prevented. We can and must do the same thing with guns.

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