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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on the first day Congress is back in session, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on the Universal Background Checks bill that the House passed 194 days ago. Brown and Whaley joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today in Washington, as they demanded Leader McConnell, Congressional Republicans and President Trump get to work for the American people, by passing commonsense gun safety laws. After the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso last month, Brown and Whaley have been fighting for commonsense gun safety reform.
“We need to get weapons of war off of our streets and vote immediately on commonsense background checks that the House of Representatives already passed,” said Brown. “We can’t do that until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls a vote and stops working for the NRA, and starts 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.”
“The people of Dayton loudly called on our elected leaders to ‘do something’ in the wake of the Oregon District shooting on August 4. I hope that Senator McConnell will heed their call and allow a vote on common sense background check legislation that the majority of Americans support,” said Mayor Whaley.
Brown said that instead of recognizing the problem of gun violence in this country, Congressional Republicans and the President have been taking orders from the NRA, blaming mental illness instead of working to update our laws to save more lives. Brown argued it is critical that we fight back against the power and money of the gun lobby through collective action and demand McConnell call a vote on the universal background checks legislation.
In August, Brown joined Whaley in a press conference after receiving a briefing with local law enforcement officials and visiting the site of the Dayton shooting, where the shooter killed nine people and injured at least 26. Brown repeatedly called on Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back in August to vote on universal background checks legislation.