Congressional Democrats on Friday morning seized on the mass shooting in Indianapolis, seeking to put additional pressure on the Senate to pass legislation already approved by the House to tighten background checks on firearms purchases.
“We sent the Senate a bipartisan bill that will finally begin to address the epidemic that is gun violence,” Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) tweeted. “Their silence and negligence on this issue is deadly on a daily basis. They owe it to the people of this country to act and act now.”
The Senate is now controlled by Democrats, but 60 votes are needed to advance most legislation in the evenly divided chamber under filibuster rules.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) was among those who argued Friday that the inability to pass meaningful gun control underscores why the Senate should abolish the filibuster.
“My heart breaks for the families of those lost and everyone affected by this tragedy in Indianapolis,” he tweeted. “The Senate needs to act and pass gun reform — NOW. And if the filibuster stands in the way? Abolish it. Thoughts and prayers just aren’t enough anymore.”
While the Virginia laws did not satisfy everyone, they included strengthened background checks and addressed mental health issues, Warner said.
“It took us a long time in Virginia to get this kind of legislation,” Warner said. “Until and unless we act [nationally], these tragedies are going to continue.”
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), who represents the district in which a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in 2018, also weighed in.
“People gunned down on the porch and in the park,” he tweeted. “Killed watching a movie and killed enjoying a concert. Killed buying groceries. This gun violence epidemic won’t end with a vaccine. It will take politicians with guts.”