Jacksonville shooting spurs calls from Democrats to act on guns

Jacksonville shooting spurs calls from Democrats to act on guns 

Posted: 4:00 am Monday, August 27th, 2018

By Jamie Dupree

In a scene that’s been repeated countless times in recent years, the shooting at a video game competition in Jacksonville on Sunday set off a political response on Capitol Hill – almost all from Democrats – as Democratic lawmakers again said it was time for the Congress to do something on gun violence.

“My heart breaks for Jacksonville,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE).

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the entire Jacksonville community,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“Enough is enough,” said Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

“When will Congress have the courage to stand up to the NRA and pass meaningful reforms to help prevent these shootings in America?” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

“We’ve got to do something,” said Rep. Karen Bass (D-WI). “People are dying.”

But like calls for action last week from Republicans to have lawmakers do something on immigration, after an illegal immigrant was arrested in the murder of missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, there’s no chance of Congress doing anything on gun violence or immigration any time soon.

“Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan control what comes to the floor in the Senate and House,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). “They’ve repeatedly stood in the way of action on gun violence.”

“Congress needs to step up and protect our nation’s future by passing legislation that would curb gun violence immediately,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX).

While officials said President Trump was briefed on the Jacksonville shooting soon after it happened on Sunday afternoon, there was no statement issued by the White House on the matter – something that Democrats pounced on as well.

“Schools. Churches. Community centers. Hospitals. Movie theaters. Airports. Malls. Concert venues. Night clubs,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), rattling off a list of shootings.

“It is not rational to accept this cost,” Beyer added on Twitter.

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