Gun Violence Preventionby Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham
Posted on 2016-07-12
LUJAN GRISHAM of New Mexico asked and was given
permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend
Ms. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM of New Mexico. Mr. Speaker, there have
been 231 mass shootings in 193 days so far in 2016. That is more than
one per day. We are all directly affected by this gun violence epidemic
in this country. In my own State and community, we have in fact seen a
dramatic increase in this violence.
We cannot passively accept that the epidemic of gun violence kills as many people as car accidents every year. And while the mass shootings in this country have in fact become commonplace, I cannot continue to bear witness to the totality of human suffering that this is causing: the mothers and fathers who have lost children, the children who have lost parents, thousands who have lost loved ones, and all those who will in fact endure a lifetime of pain and suffering.
That is why, Mr. Speaker, I joined all my Democratic colleagues in an unprecedented sit-in to urge Republican leadership to allow us to vote on legislation to close glaring problems in our Nation's background check system, including a loophole that has allowed 2,000 individuals on the FBI's terrorist watch list to successfully purchase a firearm since 2004.
Americans have a constitutional right to live without fear of gun violence in our communities.