Lowey Joins Mayor Roach and Local Advocates to Call on Senate Republicans to Act on Gun Violence Legislation
150 days into 2019, 150 mass shootings in the United States
Loopholes in current federal background checks law too often allow guns into the wrong hands
Yesterday marked 100 days since U.S. House passed legislation on background checks and 100 days of Senate inaction
WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Westchester-Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach were joined by White Plains High School alum Kelly Marx, Westchester County 2018 March For Our Lives Director and co-founder of Team Enough NY, and local advocates from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day. From the steps of White Plains City Hall, they honored the legacies of victims of gun violence and called on Republican state and federal officials to take legislative steps to prevent these senseless deaths caused by firearms.
“When will tragic events like these finally convince lawmakers that we must make it harder for people who are a danger to get their hands on guns and make unavailable dangerous accessories that are useful only for one purpose – killing?,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I have been fighting for commonsense gun violence legislation year after year, and I don’t intend to stop any time soon. Whether it’s universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, the assault weapons ban, or prohibiting the purchase of bulk ammunition and high-capacity magazines, Congress must do its job and protect our communities.”
Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, refuse to acknowledge the severity of the gun violence epidemic in America and have actively blocked consideration of legislation that would save lives. Congresswoman Lowey is an original cosponsor of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This bill would ensure that buyers prohibited from purchasing firearms can no longer obtain them online, at gun shows, and through private sales. Yesterday marked 100 days since the U.S. House passed this legislation, but McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote, effectively killing this life-saving legislation.
"My goal, and the reason I speak out about gun violence, is to see the day when we no longer need to have a Gun Violence Awareness Day in the United States,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach. It is my hope that we can move forward as a nation and pass common sense gun safety reforms, because we are no longer afraid to recognize that incidents of gun violence and mass shootings are out of control in this country. We owe this to every current and future American.”
“Sensible gun legislation is more important now than ever before,” said Jessica Roman Buck from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We need to keep pushing for change so no more families are subjected to tragic loss because it is legal for civilians to purchase assault weapons used by the military in combat.”
In addition to being an original cosponsor of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, Congresswoman Lowey has offered proposals in spending bills that would decrease gun violence, including banning assault weapons, bump stocks, and 3-D guns. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Lowey this year fought to include $50 million in the proposed 2020 health spending bill to support firearm injury and mortality prevention research. It was the first time in more than 20 years that these funds had been included in this bill.
“While we must remember our collective grief that we feel after each tragedy, we must continue to lift up the voices of those affected by gun violence to show America why we need action now,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Our thoughts and prayers are simply no longer enough, and I look forward to continuing to work with you all to ensure that our children’s right to go to school, and our neighbor’s right to go to work, free from fear is more important than someone else’s right to own weapons of war.”