Payne, Jr. Remarks During Democratic Caucus Floor Action on Gun Violence

Jul 5, 2016
Payne, Jr. Remarks During Democratic Caucus Floor Action on Gun Violence

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“Mr. Speaker, as Representative of New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District—which suffered one third of the state’s total gun deaths last year—I know the destruction that gun violence inflicts.

“And I know how important it is that we do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

“Today we stand with the vast majority of the American people in support of a very simple principle: our gun laws should uphold and protect the freedom of all Americans.

“That includes responsible gun owners, and those Americans trying to exercise their basic right to be free from gun violence.

“We stand with the vast majority of Americans, who believe that if you’re too dangerous to fly, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun. Who believe that we need to keep guns from criminals, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill.

“Mr. Speaker, on this day of action, we renew our call for Republican leadership to give the American people a vote on meaningful, bipartisan gun safety legislation.

“We cannot accept the stranglehold of the NRA, which stands for No Republican Action.”

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