On Monday, a large crowd of people gathered in front of the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, VA to honor those who passed away from the traumatic shootings in Texas and Ohio and to call for stricter gun laws.
Gun-control advocates suspected that the back-to-back mass shootings could spur bipartisan action towards a bill requiring universal background checks for gun buyers. This bill have already been passed through House of Representatives but is currently being stalled by the Republican-controlled Senate.
Monday morning, President Trump suggested a measured being tied to immigration reform. He tweeted, “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks,”.
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) had also joined protesters at the NRA and spoke about the potential the legislation will become reality.
“The President has a history of saying one thing and doing another. You know, he has been fanning the flames of white nationalism and racist hate for a long time. But if he’s serious about doing something about gun violence, he has a great opportunity. All he needs to do is call (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell.” said Wexton
The NRA put out a statement regarding the mass shootings expressing their “deepest sympathies” to families and victims impacted and saying, “we will work in good faith to pursue real solutions that protect us all from people who commit these horrific acts.”
The NRA reportedly spent about $1.6 million lobbying against the expansion of background checks for gun buyers.
Source: Fox5 DC