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Gun Control Activists Stress Congress’s Impasse Following The Tragic Massacre In Maine

13-year-old boy to be charged as an adult for stabbing his own mother to death (Photo: shouselaw)

A letter showed up at Louisiana Republican Rep. Mike Johnson’s new office suite in room H-232 of the Capitol some hours after Johnson was sworn in as the new House speaker. Within the three weeks the House was without a speaker, a few dozen House Democrats wrote him to tell him that “2,030 people have died from gun violence including 15 children and 60 teenagers.”

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“Another 2,072 people were injured by gun violence and our country was traumatized by 33 more mass shootings,” they stated.

Following several mass shootings, such as the Lewiston, Maine, rampage, proponents of gun control in Congress are attempting to push through laws.

Over the weekend, letters soliciting co-sponsors and supporters made their way around Capitol Hill, despite Republicans on influential House committees vehemently opposing additional gun laws, including Johnson, who told Fox News on Thursday that “the human heart is the problem.” No, it’s not about firearms or weapons.

The letter, which CBS News obtained, stated, “Although we can never get back the time that was wasted by the chaos caused by the lack of leadership in the House of Representatives, we must not let that dysfunction prevent us from working together to address the gun violence crisis moving forward.”

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Source: CNN

Republicans have not yet endorsed any of the four discharge petitions, but Democrats are still gathering signatures from members of their own party. This month, the petition’s supporters were able to secure the 203rd Democratic signature—that of Representative Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington—in favor of forcing a vote on legislation mandating safer gun storage.

Rep. Glenn Ivey, a Democrat from Maryland, asked House members to co-sponsor a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase firearms in a separate letter that was distributed to them.

However, several Democrats are openly expressing their pessimism regarding the legislative future. The Democratic senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, said to CBS News, “You have to consider the actual state of the political landscape in Washington. Even if this incident in Maine was horrible, it’s unlikely to have a big impact.”

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