FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2019
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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Political Communications Andrew Patrick issued the following statement:
“This morning, Connecticut Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal took to the Senate floor to force a vote on universal background checks — a bill that passed the House of Representatives 260 days ago. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) objected, and the universal background checks bill was once again was ignored.
“As this was happening, news broke that a high school student had opened fire on his classmates at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. Information about this tragedy is ongoing, but it has been confirmed that one female student is deceased. Our hearts are with Santa Clarita. They are the latest community affected by this ongoing, uniquely American nightmare that Washington refuses to address.
“The inaction of Senate Majority Leader McConnell on all gun legislation is disgraceful. His cowardly obedience to the formerly influential National Rifle Association (NRA) has once again resulted in the loss of American lives. The Majority Leader and NRA minions in Congress are directly responsible — and they should be ashamed of themselves.
“In 2017, 40,000 Americans died from gun violence. There are many evidence-based policies that must be put into place to address the gun violence epidemic in America, starting with universal background checks on all gun sales. Background checks at the federal level are essential to the effectiveness of other gun violence prevention policies.
“How many more communities need to go through what Santa Clarita is experiencing right now? Enough is Enough. Leader McConnell, it is time for a vote.”
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization.
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