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Larson Demands Immediate Action on Gun Violence

August 4, 2019
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in response to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“There can no longer be any doubts or questions, these mass shootings are acts of domestic terrorism. While we send our thoughts and prayers to all the victims and their families, what the American people want is leadership and action. The House has taken action and passed three gun violence prevention bills. These bills are now stuck in the Senate, waiting to be taken up. I’m calling on the President to prevail upon the Republican controlled Senate to come back from recess and take action on these bills that have already passed the House. To do nothing will only further enable this national crisis that is pervasive.  

“Mass murder has already occurred in churches and at festivals, schools and workplaces across the country this year! President Trump needs to lead. If the Prime Minister of New Zealand can ban assault weapons after a mass shooting, then the least President Trump can do is prevail on Mitch McConnell to reconvene the Senate and take up the House-passed legislation. I’m calling on our Presidential candidates, seven of whom are in the Senate and three of them whose states are directly involved this weekend, to suspend their campaigns to take up this critical legislation that all of them have embraced. Enough is enough, it’s time for the Senate and President to act, and the media should hold them accountable.”

There have been 2,189 mass shootings in the United States since Sandy Hook, including 251 mass shootings in 2019. In Hartford alone there have been 18 homicides this year.

Larson is an original cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (H.R.1296) and is calling for the House to take it up. The House has already passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R.8), Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R.112), and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585).