Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“Today, Congressional Democrats announced a comprehensive legislative proposal aimed at reducing America’s gun violence epidemic. In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, Americans are looking for solutions, not excuses. As Republican leadership dithers, we are thankful that Democrats are taking the reigns of this important issue.
“Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered multiple proposals that are overwhelmingly popular with the majority of Americans — including, apparently, the President of the United States.
“The time is long overdue for congressional leaders of both parties to improve and expand background checks to all gun sales, regulate assault weapons, and encourage all states to pass Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) laws.
“As the gun violence prevention group that helped to develop the new state ERPO laws, we are hopeful that governors and state lawmakers in all 50 states will pass these laws to remove guns from individuals at a high risk of violences before a tragedy can occur.
“Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should follow the leadership of their democratic counterparts, corporate America, and the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It is time for them to take action — if they refuse, the American people won’t forget when they go to the polls in November.”