No Bill, No Break! We Need Gun Reform Now
I have joined my House Democratic colleagues in a sit-in in the House chamber to demand action on gun safety. Our country is suffering from an epidemic of gun violence. Yet, time after time, no matter how horrible the tragedy, our attempts to get a vote in the House have been blocked. We cannot, and will not accept inaction anymore.
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. Just yesterday, three people were arrested with a truck full of loaded guns that they were bringing into New York City through the Holland Tunnel. These weapons were only found because the authorities pulled the truck over for a cracked windshield. Without that mistake, those guns could now be on the streets of NYC, or worse, used to kill innocent New Yorkers.
We need to enact better gun safety laws because the next truck full of weapons may not have a cracked windshield, or a busted taillight.
In the House, we have been pushed to the breaking point, and I find it appalling that Speaker Ryan would allow the House to recess without bringing this to a vote. This inaction is an insult to those who have lost their lives to gun violence. We are done with moments of silence unaccompanied by moments of action. We are done watching as more people are murdered by guns. I echo my fellow Democrats: No bill, no break!
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress