House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has found another reason to reaffirm her party’s call for increased gun control legislation.
According to The Hill, she is once again making a congressional push for such reforms — this time invoking the fourth anniversary of the massacre at a Florida night club.
Pelosi’s latest request came on Friday, four years to the day after 49 people were killed and another 53 injured when 29-year-old security guard Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando.
“Safeguard our communities”
Mateen subsequently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and told police negotiators that his deadly act was a response to America’s presence in Iraq and Syria.
“The men and women murdered at Pulse were there to enjoy an evening of music, dancing, and celebration in a place of safety and solidarity; they had the right to live free from the fear of gun violence and hate,” Pelosi said.
She went on to encourage lawmakers to “remember those we’ve lost” while remaining focused on “our mission to safeguard our communities and end the horrors of gun violence once and for all.”
Last year, the House passed both the Bipartisan Background Check Act and the Enhanced Background Check Act.
“End his partisan obstruction”
The first bill would make background checks for gun purchases more rigorous while the second addressed a loophole allowing certain prospective buyers to obtain a firearm if a background check is not completed within three days.
Of course, past efforts have hit a legislative roadblock in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to bring the proposals up for a vote.
Pelosi renewed her support for action on these bills in her remarks on Friday, calling on McConnell to “listen to the will of the American people, end his partisan obstruction, and finally bring H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 up for a vote.”
With continued reports of violence in communities across the nation and increased support for disarming police, there will be plenty of reasons for Pelosi and other Democratic leaders to revisit the issue of gun control.
As long as McConnell remains in control of the Senate and Trump is in the White House, however, the chances of successfully passing such a bill is likely going to remain somewhere around zero.