Do you think we are doing enough to stop gun violence?
August 9, 2019
The shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio last weekend were tragic. These senseless acts of gun violence killed nearly dozens in the name of hate, but gun violence affects communities from coast to coast. In our own community, the city of Portland has seen nine shootings in as many days, two of which were deadly, including the untimely death of a beloved Portland State basketball player.
This cannot continue. We cannot overcome this dark period in our country’s history without bold action and a clear, positive vision for our future. Here are some ways we can take steps toward ending this epidemic:
After Democrats regained control of the House, we took action carrying out the will of the American people. We voted to pass H.R. 8, bipartisan, commonsense gun control legislation requiring universal background checks that an overwhelming majority of Americans support. Yet, nearly 150 days have passed and countless lives have been lost because of inaction in the Senate. I believe Senate leadership is sitting on this and other important pieces of legislation that would make Americans safer. It's time for the Senate to choose between those the powerful gun lobby and those they represent.
This is about our democracy. This is about ending gun violence. In my opinion, this is about healing the wound