Progress starts NOW
The House Judiciary Committee voted earlier tonight to approve H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 – the most significant House legislation on gun violence in decades.
This is a big step to protect our kids and each other in classrooms, churches, synagogues, concerts, movie theaters and all the other places where gun violence has reared its ugly head in recent years. And we did it within one year of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which launched a new generation of young activists intent upon making sure others never have to suffer or witness the carnage that they did.
Poll after poll has clearly shown a bill like this is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans including gun owners. Survivors and victims’ families have waited far too long already, and we refused to wait any longer.
Yes, this is a big step – but it’s only the first step. We have so much more work to do. Soon I will introduce my bill that ensures we’ll do more to take guns away from domestic abusers. Congress must act to fully fund research studying the impacts of gun violence. And we must ban and buy back assault weapons that have no purpose but to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time.
These reasonable regulations will save thousands of American lives – and the right to come home alive every day is the most important right of all.
The progress starts now.
As always, I am honored to represent you in Washington, DC, where I remain committed to go big, be bold, and do good to ensure every American has the freedom to dream.
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