UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) met with members of the Mount Rose and Prince George’s Links chapters to discuss the need for Congressional action to address the epidemic of gun violence in our nation.
“I want to thank the members of The Links who met with me today to discuss their concerns after recent gun violence in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas, and the pressing need for action to stop these tragic events from happening,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I appreciate their commitment to ending gun violence in our country and their support for passing gun violence prevention legislation. It is deplorable that House Republicans left Washington without acting on gun violence. There is bipartisan support for expanded background checks and for legislation that says if you’re too dangerous to fly, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun. Republican leaders should allow a vote on these measures immediately, and we will keep calling for action until they do so.”
Last month, House Democrats held a 26-hour sit in on the Floor of the House of Representatives to demand that House Republican leaders hold a vote on two bills to address gun violence: H.R. 1076, otherwise known as the “No Fly, No Buy” bill and H.R. 1217, a bill to expand background checks. Over the July 4th district work period, House Democrats held a “National Day of Action” and held over 80 events calling for action on gun violence prevention legislation.
On July 12, a vigil was held by House Democrats on the one-month anniversary of the Orlando shooting, again calling for action to address gun violence in America. On the evening of July 14, the day House Republicans left Washington until September without taking up either bill, House Democrats and gun violence prevention advocates came together on the West Lawn of the Capitol for a National Speak Out calling for a vote. Rep. Hoyer was joined at the Speak Out by Dr. Wendy Edmonds and J. Bobbe Frasier, Jr., siblings of Sylvia Frasier, one of three of Rep. Hoyer’s constituents killed in a mass shooting in Washington Navy Yard in 2013.