Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made clear Thursday that she and other House Democrats are moving forward on plans to reform the nation’s gun laws.
According to The Washington Times, Pelosi vowed at her weekly press conference that when it comes to gun reform, Democrats are “not resting until we get this job done.”
“A giant step”
Pelosi’s comments came during a discussion about H.R. 8, a bill recently passed in the House that would require most private gun transfers to be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer.
“They said no, time and time again,” Pelosi said of opposition to the new law by pro-Second Amendment Republicans, according to the Times. “Florida. Nevada. You name it, all over the country.”
The long-time San Francisco Democrat appeared to be making reference to mass shootings committed in Las Vegas in 2017 and Parkland, Florida in 2018. Notably, subsequent reports revealed that the perpetrators in both the Florida and Nevada attacks had purchased their weapons legally after passing federal background checks like those that H.R. 8 would mandate.
“So, here we are with this legislation, and we’re very optimistic that with 90% support in the public and with public awareness — again, the drumbeat created by the people out there — the survivors of gun violence,” Pelosi said Thursday, as the Times reported. “We told [our supporters that] we’re not resting until we get this job done, and today we’re taking a giant step.”
The Democrat lawmaker went on: “If you are afraid to vote for gun violence prevention because of your political survival, understand this: The political survival of none of us is more important than the survival of our children.”
“We have to get it done”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), meanwhile, declared that he would do his part to see the legislation pass in the upper chamber, as well.
“A vote is what we need,” he said, according to the Times. “Maybe we’ll get the votes. And if we don’t, we’ll come together as a caucus and figure it out, how we are going to get this done. But we have to get it done.”
In an article published by Reason magazine two years ago, researcher David Kopel pointed out that the bill — which was first introduced in 2019 — could make it harder for victims of stalking or domestic violence to defend themselves, as it contains no exceptions for such individuals, who may have difficulty accessing gun stores.
“Many domestic violence victims do not have several hundred spare dollars so that they can buy their own gun. Sometimes, threats are manifested at night, when gun stores are not open,” Kopel wrote, arguing that the measure would prohibit friends from even temporarily loaning guns to one another for protection or storage purposes.
Looks like Democrats are putting their politics ahead of the needs of the American people yet again.