Commonsense Gun Reformby Representative Barbara Lee
Posted on 2015-12-10
LEE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today because passing commonsense gun
legislation should really not be a partisan issue. What our country
needs is commonsense gun reform, but many in this Chamber won't even
take the first step: taking guns out of the hands of terrorists.
Time and time again, Republicans have voted to block debate. Let me say that again: a debate. They won't even let us discuss Congressman Peter King's Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, otherwise known as H.R. 1076. That is simply outrageous. We should debate, yes, and we should vote up or down on this important bill.
This bill, which I am proud to cosponsor, would close a dangerous loophole that allows individuals on the government's no-fly list to legally purchase guns. Let me emphasize this. These are people who are deemed too dangerous to fly on planes, but they can and do purchase guns. If they are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, why aren't they too dangerous to have a weapon that fires 800 rounds per minute? My Democratic colleagues and I remain committed to blocking dangerous individuals from buying guns, and we remain committed to stopping the senseless violence that has already taken too many lives in this country. It is past time to listen to the American people and not to the NRA.