Few people realize that preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States and a serious problem around the globe. Each year, more than one million children die from preventable injuries -- that's one child every 30 seconds -- and millions more are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.
Connecticut last week was not alone in moving forward on gun safety. New York, Colorado, and Maryland have all passed new gun violence prevention legislation in the last four months. In each of these states, ordinary citizens have said no more and lawmakers have displayed the courage to listen and lead. Now it's time for Congress to lead for children and for all of us in every state -- not just some -- to demand action not obstruction and to put protection of child and citizen safety ahead of guns -- especially deadly assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines that should not be in civilian hands. The gun violence prevention bills pending in Congress deserve a vote. This time there must be change.