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McCollum Demands House Republicans Allow Votes on Gun Violence Prevention Bills

July 5, 2016
Press Release

As the House of Representatives returned to Washington from the July 4 District Work Period, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) spoke on the House floor demanding House Speaker Paul Ryan allow votes on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention bills: 

Mr. Speaker, 

Today I rise to demand action to prevent gun violence. 

Every year more than 30,000 Americans die from gun violence.

The American Medical Association has identified this situation as a “public health crisis.”

There are two immediate, common sense solutions:

  • Preventing known or suspected terrorists from buying guns, and
  • Strengthening our background check system to keep guns away from criminals.

Everywhere I went in Minnesota last week, I heard from families who strongly support these common sense ideas.

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree.

The American people deserve to know where their Representatives stand, yet Republicans still refuse to allow a vote on these solutions.

Republican leadership is instead shamefully peddling a gun lobby-endorsed bill that even Republicans back home have said does not do enough to prevent terrorists from having guns.

Our families cannot afford for us to wait any longer to take needed action.

This House must act to prevent gun violence and keep our families and communities safe.

Video of the Congresswoman's remarks is available here.