Maloney: More San Bernadinos to come unless Congress acts
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement after 14 were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernadino, California.
“It’s a moral outrage that as the bloodshed and violence from guns continues, Congress remains silent. There hasn’t been a single calendar week since 2013 when there wasn’t a mass murder at the barrel of a gun. Yet Congress has taken no action in response to the violence in our schools, community centers, streets, churches and other public spaces.
“Instead, this week, our Congress even voted to let those on the terrorist watch list buy guns – say nothing of the threat from domestic terrorists. I have introduced five bills, and sponsored many others that would help begin to address the public health epidemic of gun violence. Even a proposal to fund research on gun violence, and another to make gun trafficking a felony has been rejected.
“This Congress is acting as a wholly owned subsidiary of the NRA when it comes to guns. It is not acting to protect our citizens, more than thirty-thousand of whom will be die next year as they bleed-out from gunshot wounds, and as their families cry out for something to be done.”
“I pray for the victims of this horrific massacre and stand with the people San Bernadino. And I pray for a Congress with the courage to act.”
Congresswoman Maloney is a longtime gun-control advocate who has sponsored numerous gun safety measures and is currently lead sponsor of five gun violence prevention bills in Congress:
1. H.R. 2380: The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015
2. H.R. 2612: To authorize $10 million annually to fund gun violence public health research
3. H.R. 2613: Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2015
4. H.R. 2546: Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2015
5. H.R. 3455: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015
The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act would boost penalties for straw purchasers and give prosecutors tools to go after trafficking rings that bring illegal guns to our cities. The Firearm Safety and Public Health Research Act would provide funding to research gun violence as a public health issue. The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act would subject all gun sales at gun shows to background checks. The Firearm Risk Protection Act would require liability insurance coverage for gun owners. The Handgun Trigger Safety Act would improve gun safety by ensuring that only authorized users would be able to operate handguns utilizing personalization (or “smart gun”) technology.