(FeaturedNews.com) – Following Monday’s shooting in a private Christian school in Nashville, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has been pushing Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to hold a vote on “common sense gun safety legislation.”
In a letter sent to the Speaker on Friday, Jeffries stated that he was writing to “urge” McCarthy to have Congress vote on common sense gun safety legislation after they return to Congress. The legislation that Jeffries is referring to is the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require all states to conduct background checks before the sale of any assault weapons. The measures had passed the Democratic-controlled House during the last Congress but had not managed to pass through the Senate in a 50-50 split vote.
Jeffries is not the only one to have been pushing for further gun control legislation. President Biden has also been calling for a ban on assault weapons, especially following this latest mass shooting.
In his letter, Jeffries wrote that most American people supported these gun measures and that the House should do the same.
McCarthy when asked about these initiatives or any legislation that is targeting mental health has said that he would be examining the facts in these cases. This new push for further gun control legislation comes after three 9-year-old children and three adults were killed during the school shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville. This is the 130th mass shooting in the U.S. this year according to the statistics of the Gun Violence Archive.
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