More Than 210 House Democrats, 200 Mayors Demand Mitch McConnell Take Up Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Now

August 8, 2019

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton and Chicago, over 210 House Democrats and more than 200 Mayors are demanding Majority Leader Mitch McConnell call the Senate back into session and take up House-passed, commonsense, bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation that will save lives.

Washington Post: House Democrats tell McConnell: Pass stricter gun laws now

More than 200 House Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday urging him to bring the Senate back from August recess to pass a bill expanding background checks for gun purchases.

The letter follows similar demands from Senate Democrats who, in the immediate aftermath of two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, called on McConnell to take up a House version of the legislation, which passed the lower chamber in February.

AP: Mayors urge Senate to return to Washington for gun bill vote

More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead.

In a letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, the mayors wrote, “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.”

The mayors urged the Senate to vote on two House-passed bills expanding background checks for gun sales that passed that chamber earlier this year. It was signed by El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo, Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley and others where mass shootings have occurred, including Orlando and Parkland, Florida, Pittsburgh and Annapolis, Maryland.

Within the first 100 days of this Congress, the new House Democratic Majority moved swiftly to stand with more than 90% of Americans who support bipartisan gun reform by passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019.  Yet, despite the fact that there have been more mass shootings than days this year, Leader McConnell has blocked this urgent, life-saving legislation from ever reaching the Senate Floor.

Enough is enough.  It is time to act – to make America safer by preventing dangerous criminals from obtaining deadly weapons.  Mitch McConnell must bring the Senate back into session immediately to join the House in protecting the safety of the American people.