WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins concerned
  individuals, community and faith leaders, veterans, Texas
  families, and organizations across the state in observing
  National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, 2017; and
         WHEREAS, Gun violence is a public safety concern, and the
  organizations calling for increased public safety in Texas and
  across the country include Texas Gun Sense, Mom's Demand Action
  for Gun Sense in America, and Everytown for Gun Safety; and
         WHEREAS, Protecting the public safety of the people of
  Texas is of great importance, and many organizations and agencies
  are involved in this vital mission, which includes addressing the
  rising number of gun-related deaths, a toll that includes
  suicides, accidents, and injuries of children, teens, and
  veterans; and
         WHEREAS, Texas leads the nation in the number of lost and
  stolen firearm reports, according to the federal Bureau of
  Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; unsecured guns and
  stolen guns contribute to crime, put the personal and public
  safety of Texans at risk, and make the job of Texas law
  enforcement officers more difficult; and
         WHEREAS, Gun Violence Awareness Day provides an
  opportunity for citizens, community leaders, and organizations
  to recommit to exploring innovative ways of working together to
  help ensure the safety of the people of Texas by educating the
  public and raising awareness about suicide prevention and safe
  storage of firearms; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby commend all those who work to keep the people
  of Texas safe and extend best wishes for a productive National
  Gun Violence Awareness Day.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on May 23, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate