Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will consider legislation to crack down on assault rifles amid a wave of gun violence across the United States.
On Wednesday, Pelosi told a gun control rally that Democrats will plan to push legislation banning ‘assault weapons,’ in what would be the most aggressive response so far to last week’s elementary school massacre that killed 19 children.
On other hand, Republicans have signaled their opposition to restricting the general availability of guns – and some opponents say there is no workable definition for ‘assault rifles.’
But with the nation once again wondering why America must suffer so many mass shootings, politicians on both sides are under pressure to act.
Next week House Democrats have already scheduled a vote for Red Flag Laws. This law would essentially ban anyone that could be seen as “potentially violent” from having a gun.
The problem with red flag laws is Democrats would decipher who is violent and who isn’t? Knowing Democrats they would probably monitor Conservative’s social media sites to flag “potentially violent” people.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that House Democrats will soon consider legislation banning military-style “assault” weapons, marking the most aggressive response from Congress to date following last week’s shooting massacre at a Texas elementary school. https://t.co/LZnkEGzPIP
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) June 2, 2022
NEW: Nancy Pelosi says that the House will consider an assault weapons ban.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 1, 2022
More details of Pelosi’s comments from The Hill report:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that House Democrats will soon consider legislation banning military-style “assault” weapons, marking the most aggressive response from Congress to date following last week’s shooting massacre at a Texas elementary school.
House Democratic leaders have already scheduled a vote next week on so-called “red flag” legislation, designed to keep weapons from potentially violent people. And the House Judiciary Committee is meeting in an emergency session on Thursday to mark up a slate of eight additional anti-gun violence bills, including proposals to ban high-capacity magazines and raise the age for purchasing certain semi-automatic rifles.
Speaking at an anti-gun violence event in her home town of San Francisco, Pelosi added to that list on Wednesday, saying House Democrats will also be considering legislation designed to better warn the public of active shooter situations.
To the survivors of gun violence, we are not going to stop until the job is done.
From the White House to the Capitol and to San Francisco City Hall, let all of us do everything we can for the survival of our children. -NP #DisarmHate🏳️🌈 #GunViolenceAwarenessDay🧡 pic.twitter.com/IzAIwsIkXC
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) June 1, 2022
CNBC has some scope of the story:
House Democrats will try to advance a raft of gun control bills on Thursday in the wake of two high-profile mass shootings that rocked the nation earlier this month.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has called committee lawmakers back from a break to mark up gun legislation that combines eight separate bills. Nadler intends to bring a suite of new gun safety laws to the House floor “as soon as possible,” a spokesman said, in light of shootings in Texas and New York state.
The more recent and deadlier attack occurred last Tuesday, when an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. That massacre came just 10 days after another teenager shot and killed 10 shoppers at a supermarket in a racist rampage in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.