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Statement from Rep. DeFazio on Recent Mass Shootings

Aug 6, 2019
Press Release

Yesterday, President Trump gave a weak response to the violent mass shootings that left more than 30 people dead and dozens more wounded. While the President called for the nation to come together to heal, he failed to offer effective solutions. Instead, he blamed the media and video games.

President Trump should demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell end his stonewalling and finally bring the House-passed background check bills to the Senate floor for a vote—a step he supported on Twitter mere hours before his speech.

In addition, he must pressure Congress to pass more commonsense gun safety legislation, such as the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. This legislation, which I’m a co-sponsor of, would allow law enforcement and family members to petition a court for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals at risk of harming themselves or others. Fifteen states, including Oregon, already have laws like this on the books. He should also work to finally codify into law his administration’s ban on bump stocks, permanently banning these dangerous devices.

It is also clear that domestic terrorists, motivated by white supremacist ideologies, have become normalized in American society. These violent individuals pose a direct threat to our national security. President Trump must stop using inflammatory rhetoric to stoke their hatred and instead needs to work with Congress to strengthen our ability to confront domestic terrorism.

It is beyond time for the Senator McConnell and President Trump to pass these and other critical reforms to prevent gun violence and keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Too many lives have been lost because of their inaction, and another tragedy is preventable.