Office of Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03)
In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, Representative Davids offered the following statement calling on the Senate to act on gun safety:
In less than 24 hours, our country has seen two mass shootings that left at least 29 people dead. Whole communities, entire families, and more than one country were devastated by loss this weekend. And this is not the first time we have woken up to this reality.
Enough is enough. Congress has a responsibility to the people we represent to do everything in our power to keep them safe, and it’s past time for Senate leaders to take that responsibility seriously and work to prevent these senseless killings.
In our first 100 days in office, the House passed common sense gun safety measures (H.R. 8 and H.R. 112) to implement universal background checks and close loopholes in gun purchases. Mitch McConnell has refused to bring these potentially life-saving bills to the Senate floor for a vote. That is a failure in leadership, plain and simple.
Like all issues, this comes down to a choice: do you put the safety of children and families first and pass common sense gun safety laws, or do you put the gun lobby first, take their money and do their bidding?
It’s time for our leaders to do right by our communities, by our children and families and stand up to the gun lobby once and for all. We cannot sit idly by while more innocent lives are ripped away by gun violence.
Mitch McConnell must call the Senate back for an emergency session immediately and bring the House-passed gun safety legislation to the Senate floor for debate and a vote.
Once again, Mitch McConnell has failed to do his job on this and many other important pieces of legislation. People’s lives depend on our actions as elected officials. The Senate has the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the People.