Aug 4, 2019

Pelosi says GOP Senate must end "outrageous obstruction" on gun legislation

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Following a pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left a total of 29 dead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in a statement Sunday that "the Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction" on gun violence legislation.

Why it matters: The Democratic-controlled House has passed two gun control measures this year that would strengthen background checks — the first gun control bills that Congress has considered in nearly 25 years. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) has refused to bring either to the Senate floor. Congress is currently on August recess, but a number of lawmakers have called for an emergency session to consider gun control legislation.

Full statement:

“In less than 24 hours, another American community has been devastated by the tragedy of gun violence. The hearts of all Americans break for the families and friends of those injured and murdered, and our prayers go out to everyone impacted in this latest act of terror. We give thanks for the brave first responders, who rushed into harm’s way to save lives and ensured that everyone received the care and support they needed.
“We cannot allow another family or another community to suffer the pain and anguish of gun violence. We have a responsibility to the people we serve to act. The Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction and join the House to put an end to the horror and bloodshed that gun violence inflicts every day in America. Enough is enough.
“May it be a comfort to the entire Dayton community that so many Americans grieve with and pray for them at this terrible time.”

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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.

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Schumer, Pelosi demand McConnell cancel Senate recess to pass gun control

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to return the Senate from August recess to "immediately" vote on a House-passed background check bill and send it to President Trump's desk.

The big picture: Pelosi and Schumer are putting the pressure on McConnell to respond to the weekend's 2 mass shootings, pointing to the fact that the House passed 2 gun-control bills earlier this year. Pelosi led a noon call with the House Democratic Caucus on Monday to discuss how to move forward.

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during the 2020 Public Service Forum hosted in Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidates joined fellow 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke in speaking of the need for gun control on Saturday following a second mass shooting in Texas in August.

"Don’t know what the motivation is, do not yet know the firearms that were used or how they acquired them, but we do know this is f**ked up. We do know that this has to stop in this country. There is no reason that we have to accept this as our fortune, as our future, as our fate, and yet functionally right now we have. ... To have a Congress that will not ... even pass universal background checks or close those loopholes that allow people to buy a firearm when they should not be able to."
— Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke at an event in Fairfax Station, Virginia
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