CLEVELAND, OH —U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s remarks on this weekend’s mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.

Brown has called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to call the Senate back into session and take up legislation passed by the House to require universal background checks on all firearm sales across the country. The background checks legislation passed the House bipartisanly.

“There is no reason one man should have been able to kill nine people in Dayton and injure dozens more in less than a minute. We need to get weapons of war off of our streets and vote immediately in the Senate on commonsense background checks that the House of Representatives already passed. We can’t do that until President Trump and Washington Republicans stop working for the NRA and start working to keep our communities safe. People don’t have to keep dying and we have the power to stop it. This isn’t a Republican issue or a Democratic issue, this is about keeping America safe. 

“At the same time, we must listen to our intelligence community and get law enforcement the tools they need to combat the threat of white nationalist terrorism that is threatening our communities across the country. I was glad to see the President finally say that we must speak in one voice to condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. But he must lead by example and end his hate speech that emboldens white nationalists and instead work to bring the country together.”