Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2130, Red River Private Property Protection Act, and Providing for Consideration of Motions to Suspend the Rulesby Representative Janice Hahn
Posted on 2015-12-09
HAHN. Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Massachusetts for
the few moments to talk about something really important.
Colleagues, it is our responsibility to take action on behalf of the American people that we represent, and right now they are begging us to take action to keep them safe. We should not be wasting our time debating this legislation on the floor today when so many lives are at stake.
The American people are anxious, many are afraid, and they have reason to be. Guns kill 36 people every day in our country. No other developed country comes close to that level.
Some would say it is we, in this body, who are to blame because we have failed to enact even the most reasonable policies to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.
It is unbelievable that an individual on the terrorist watch list can walk into a gun shop and buy the firearm of their choice in this country. Among all the gaps in our gun laws, this loophole is the most glaring. In fact, in the past 11 years, 2,000 suspects on our FBI's terrorist watch list have walked into a gun store and bought the weapon of their choice.
All we are asking for is the commonsense legislation that Peter King has introduced that would close this loophole be brought to this floor for a vote. This bill, introduced by Peter King, has bipartisan support. Of course, this bill is not a cure-all for all gun violence in this Nation, but it is a step in the right direction.
I join my colleagues in asking Speaker Ryan to bring this legislation to the floor for a vote.