“My thoughts and prayers are with those in Orlando.”
Every time, it's the same hollow routine. President Obama gives a speech, reminding us that living in a world with mass shootings is a choice we've all made. The NRA releases a statement bemoaning the lack of guns at the shooting. And Congress holds a moment of silence to offer their prayers.
The victims’ families don’t want our thoughts or prayers. They want our action.
After Orlando's tragedy, House leadership held yet another moment of silence after yet another mass shooting. But that moment of silence means nothing to thousands of families and friends who lose a loved one to preventable gun violence each year. The moment of silence that matters to them is the silence that comes from Congress every time the people demand a simple vote on common sense gun reform. That silence is deafening. And I'm not going to stand for it anymore.
I know assault rifles. I carried one every day as a Marine in Iraq. They have no place on America’s streets. And if someone is too risky to allow onto an airplane, he or she shouldn't be able to purchase a gun either. Period. This is just common sense.
That's why I co-introduced the Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act. Let's have basic background checks to keep those on the "No-Fly" List from legally purchasing firearms.