“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of gun violence and unspeakable tragedies in communities across the country. But nearly every time, when the dust settles, the candlelight vigils end and the makeshift memorials are removed, when it comes to doing something to end gun violence, Congress has consistently failed to act. Our sit-in is an appeal to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to finally address these issues. Today, House Democrats have sent a strong message that we are ready to do whatever is necessary to address gun violence.”
Earlier this week Rep. Pallone, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, and advocates for reducing gun violence – including members of The Coalition for Peace Action, NJ Million Mom March, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Garden State Equality and the Islamic Society of Central Jersey – held a press conference calling for action in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando, FL last week.
The press conference focused on the impact that gun violence has had on different communities throughout the country, including the LGBT community. Pallone and Watson Coleman called on Congressional Republicans to support common sense measures such as banning those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms, banning assault weapons and requiring ID for online ammunition sales–concepts supported by large majorities of Americans, regardless of their party affiliation.