Less than a week after taking control of the House of Representatives, Democrats are already making a big push toward getting their agenda out there.
Years of Republican inaction on gun control, due to House Republicans’ intimate relationship with the NRA, has left Americans very vulnerable to being shot to death at any moment. If that seems alarmist, look up shooting death statistics in the U.S.
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.) — who heads up a Democratic task force on gun violence — will join Giffords in introducing the bill, which will be dubbed “H.R. 8” in honor of the Arizona Democratic lawmaker.
If you’ll recall, Giffords almost died in a Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson, Arizona. The shooting left 6 people dead and 15 wounded. Giffords resigned from Congress in January 2012, but it far from finished fighting to o what’s best for America.
“Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force has been fighting for a chance to pass legislation that will help save lives,” Thompson said in a statement. “Finally, with our new majority that ran on helping to prevent gun violence, we will introduce a bipartisan, universal background checks bill. We will hold hearings, we will have a vote, and this legislation will finally pass the House.”
“In communities across America, courageous survivors, families and young advocates are showing outstanding courage and persistence in demanding an end to the horrific scourge of gun violence in our nation,” Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “It is an honor to join Congressman Mike Thompson and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to answer their call by taking the first step to pass commonsense background checks – which 97 percent of the American people support.”
Statistics show the measure will make Americans safer, unlike, as Scott Dworkin points out, a giant wall on the southern border: