Aug 5, 2019

NRA issues statement on mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton

The National Rifle Associated tweeted its condolences Sunday to those affected by mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but it said it would not participate in the "politicizing of these tragedies."

Why it matters: Per, the New York Times, political momentum in the gun control debate has shifted in the year leading up to the weekend's mass shootings, amid NRA in-fighting. Gun control advocates and leading Democrats, including 2020 candidates, have pointed to the latest tragedies in their call for tighter weapons restrictions.

The big picture: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) demanded Sunday that Senate Republicans put an end to their "outrageous obstruction" — in reference to the refusal of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring 2 background check bills passed in the House this year for a vote on the Senate floor.

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on McConnell — who's recovering from a fractured shoulder after a fall at his Kentucky home — to recall lawmakers from recess for an emergency session on gun control in the Capitol.

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Mayors of cities hit by mass shootings urge Senate to reconvene

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More than 200 mayors signed onto a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday urging them to cancel the Senate's August recess to address gun control following last weekend's mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

"Already in 2019, there have been over 250 mass shootings. The tragic events in El Paso and Dayton this weekend are just the latest reminders that our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them."
Go deeperArrowAug 8, 2019

Pelosi, Schumer urge Senate GOP to act on gun control after Texas shootings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C., in July. Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to the drive-by mass shooting in West Texas by calling on the Senate to vote on gun control legislation.

Context: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has yet to bring a vote on 2 background check bills that passed the House over 5 months ago.

Go deeperArrowSep 1, 2019

Beto O'Rourke backs abolishing filibuster to pass gun control

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told Pod Save America Monday that he favors abolishing the filibuster in order to enact gun control legislation.

Why it matters: The former Texas congressman has been a vocal figure since a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 22 dead on Saturday. The event has triggered renewed attention to gun control legislation, with a focus on two background check bills passed by the House but not yet heard in the Senate.

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