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Mitch McConnell rejects 200 mayors’ demand for action on gun bills

08/09/2019 7:57 am ET
Mitch McConnell rejects 200 mayors' demand for action on gun bills

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Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate leader, is ignoring the plea to call the Senate back in order to work on new gun legislation.

After a weekend that contained two separate mass shootings leading to the death of 31 people, 214 mayors from across the country wrote a letter to McConnell urging him to bring a vote on the legislation that has already passed in the House. The letter claims that the country can’t wait any longer, and urges the federal government to take action now:

“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.”

The mayor’s voices are joined by Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. Harris broached the topic while on a campaign stop in Iowa calling Congress “feckless” for continuing to ignore the issues and saying that “society is paying a price.”

Booker spoke about McConnell’s inactivity while campaigning in Florida, “We are not even being called back in session to get something done as if the clock is not ticking.”

The NRA has spoken out against further legislation saying that they will oppose “any legislation” that they deem to be infringing on the rights of gun owners stating that new gun laws “would not have prevented the horrific tragedies in El Paso and Dayton.”

Disappointing the NRA may be of more concern to McConnell than the American death toll because, in the course of his career, McConnell has received over a million dollars in campaign contributions from the organization.

More at Reuters. 

If you think it’s time Congress took action, contact your senators and let them know.