(NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- In the wake of gun violence being in the national spotlight, Michigan residents are focusing this week on the importance of gun safety.
Events kicked off this week in Washtenaw County for gun safety week where the father of Kalamazoo shooting victim Abigail Kopf spoke about the importance of reducing the number of guns on the street.
For gun safety week, officials are asking residents to use trigger locks and store guns safely to ensure they stay out of the wrong hands.
This is coming during a time where the U.S. Senate is battling over gun laws.
On Monday, they went back and forth voting on four different laws. There were two proposals from both parties but all were shot down.
Those affected by gun violence say that something needs to be done, and soon before more tragedies occur.
"I challenge the United States to develop the lowest rate of gun violence on the planet in the next decade, not because it is easy, but because it is hard," said Gene Kopf, father of Kalamazoo shooting victim Abigail Kopf.
Democrats want to ban anyone on the terror watch list from buying a gun. Republicans suggested about a three-day waiting period to make sure the buyer is actually a suspected terrorist.
Right now, suspected terrorists are prohibited from boarding planes, yet they can purchase guns legally.