Last week, we saw yet another terrible gun violence tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. These types of events are horrific and are happening too often. I’m deeply saddened, but I’m also angry that we cannot pass ANY common sense gun violence prevention measures in Congress.
Since 2013, I have been calling for a ban on bump stocks. The Trump administration needs to do more than “propose” regulations to ban these devices, they need to actively direct and enforce the ATF to ban bump stocks. If ultimately the ATF doesn’t have the authority, then Congress needs to act
I have long supported reinstating the ban on assault weapons. Six of the ten deadliest mass shootings in recent American history have involved an assault weapon that would have been banned for purchase under the previous assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.
In 2016, I participated in the sit-in in the U.S. House to try and force action on two common sense bills addressing universal background checks and preventing individuals on the Terrorist Watch List from purchasing firearms.
And last year, I re-introduced the Safer Communities Act to reduce the likelihood of individuals suffering from mental illness from accessing firearms.
I’m proud of the students who are making their voice heard on this issue and I stand with them. Republican leaders in Congress must act to protect our communities and prevent more innocent lives from being lost.