I Spent the Night on the House Floor for Gun Safety
I just spent the night on the House floor as part of the 25+ hour sit-in for gun safety. Our country is suffering from an epidemic of gun violence. Yet, late last night, Speaker Ryan adjourned the House until July 5, instead of allowing a vote on common-sense gun reforms.
As Members of Congress, our first and most important duty is to protect the American people. To do so, we need to pass gun safety legislation. It is reprehensible that Speaker Ryan would tell us all to go home rather than do our jobs and allow a vote on No Fly, No Buy and universal background checks. How many more people need to die, how many families torn apart, until our Republican colleagues finally join our call that “Enough is Enough!”?
Since the sit-in began, an estimated 89 people have died from gun violence; since the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, more than 1,000 have died from gun violence; and since Republicans took control of Congress in 2011, there have been 29 mass shootings and we’ve lost more than 170,000 people to gun violence, 14,000 of them innocent children. Yet, there have been zero gun safety bills passed during that time. To top it off, Republicans are inexplicably trying to roll back the few restrictions we do have.
We have had too many moments of silence without moments of action. We have witnessed too many lives cut brutally short by gun violence. It is time for action; it is time to live up to our promise to the American people, to serve them, to keep them safe. It’s time to do our jobs. Enough is Enough!
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress