Rep. McNerney Calls for Action on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
Washington – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) participated in a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to call for action on gun violence prevention legislation, and issued the following statement:
“My Democratic colleagues and I have had enough when it comes to Congress’ refusal to take commonsense, simple actions to reduce gun violence in our country. Together, we are taking a stand against gun violence in our cities and across our nation with a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand that Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Leadership allow a vote on gun violence reduction legislation.
“In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting by a single individual in our nation’s history, Republicans are refusing to bring gun reform legislation before the House. It is unconscionable that many of my colleagues are content with doing nothing and instead are blocking a vote on bipartisan legislation that would help reduce gun violence and save lives.
“I hope that today’s sit-in shows the American people – including the victims and survivors of gun violence and the overwhelming majority who support commonsense gun laws – that there are leaders who are standing up to reduce gun violence and are fighting to actually make some improvement on this important issue.
“Our country has seen 1,000 mass shootings over 1,260 days. But sadly, mass shootings are only a sliver of our gun violence problems. Nearly 90 people die from gun violence each day - in neighborhoods and communities across the country, including my home district. But we don’t have to accept this. We don’t need to wait to wake up to another news report of innocent people gunned down before we can take action. We can fight for safer communities and a safer America by taking action now to pass gun reform legislation to expand background checks on all commercial gun sales and to keep guns out of hands of dangerous individuals, criminals, and terrorists.
“It is shameful that the Republicans are turning their backs on the American people who deserve a debate and a vote on these policies in the people’s House. Refusing to act does not make the problem go away. Too many lives have been lost. We must remain steadfast, and we must work toward meaningful reforms and fight for a nation with less gun violence.”
As of this statement, the sit-in is still happening on the floor of the House.
Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.