By Allie Gregory | 0 comments
Today in Washington hearings began with Gabby Giffords' brave opening words.
The Senate Judiciary Committee met to begin discussions on what the nation should do about gun violence. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband and co-founder of American For Responsible Solutions, Capt. Mark Kelly gave strong testimony in favor of gun safety. He stated clearly, that his wife and himself are “pro-gun ownership” but “anti-gun violence.” Kelly was consistent, calling upon lawmakers to implement background checks.
NRA CEO, Wayne LaPierre also appeared before the committee as well. Notably, he begrudgingly agreed to take the Sandy Hook Promise when asked by Senator Blumenthal of Conn. The promise had previously been taken by Giffords and Kelly to end gun violence, LaPierre wasn’t thrilled to be faced with such an oath. He would not urge NRA supporters to take it. It was certainly an uncomfortable moment for the CEO but one that spoke volumes about the NRA's disconnect with American families.
One of the most stand out quotes of the day came from James Johnson, Police Chief: “The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun in the first place is a background check.” Echoing Wayne LaPierre famed rhetoric about good guys with guns, Johnson favors gun violence prevention that begins before the purchasing.
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont lead the hearings and at the close strongly urged lawmakers to write legislation to be presented next month. Democracy For America continues to support efforts for gun safety. Today’s hearings officially begin the move towards new gun safety legislation. Let’s get it right. As Gabby Giffords stated: "Too many children are dying. Too many children. We Must Do Something!"
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