Democratic leaders called out Republicans Tuesday for not supporting gun safety laws.
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Democratic leaders called Tuesday for Republicans to stop being silent and pass the “No Fly, No Buy,” bill that prohibits guns being sold to those barred from boarding a plane in the U.S.
“We can not just have moments of silence when we see American lives perish,” said Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) after a closed-door meeting in the Capitol. He was referring to Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) request Monday for a moment of the silence for the victims of the massacre that left 50 dead and 53 injured in Orlando, Florida.
“Everyday—there are 30 Americans killed, everyday as a result of the use of weapons,” Becerra said.
Ryan has said that he was only trying to show respect for the victims.
Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) said standing in silence and doing nothing is the ultimate case of disrespect. He said that is what the Republican leadership continues to do.
Omar Mateen, the suspected 29-year-old shooter of the Pulse Club shooting in Orlando, Florida was on the government’s “No Fly” list at one point when he was on the FBI’s watchlist. The bill, if passed would have prevented those on the list from purchasing a weapon.
Supporters of the bill would allow the government to pay more attention to “red flags,” like people that are showing signs of fanatic extremism or on the edge of severe psychological strain.
Crowley said that he knows that the “No Fly, No Buy” bill is not the end all—but a start.
“It’s a start to try to do something to help prevent events like this from happening again,” Crowley said. “They would rather these events to continue to happen I guess… I don’t know what the answer is?” Crowley said. “We’re incredibly frustrated—as was demonstrated before, last night and we are going to be incredibly frustrated until we get something passed.”
Joshua Ramirez compiled this report.