Virginia U.S. Congressmen Robert Scott and A. Donald McEachin both issued immediate statements this week calling on their colleagues to view the Las Vagas carnage and its tie to a need for gun control.
Scott (VA-03), a vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said in his statement:
“The federal government is charged with the basic responsibility of keeping Americans safe, and the President and Congress have an obligation to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Congress cannot continue to sit idly by. The American people are demanding that their elected officials take action to prevent more of these horrendous and widespread incidences of violence in our country from happening again.
“Addressing this issue must be our top priority and I urge the President and the leadership in Congress to take meaningful action that is long overdue.
“The House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force has made many recommendations that could serve as the beginning of deliberations. Congress could also establish a select committee on this issue pursuant to H. Res. 367, Establishing the Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention.
“I and many of my colleagues are ready to work together to make sure these mass shootings are no longer a common occurrence in our society.”
McEachin (VA-04) said, “Unfortunately, communities across the country have become all too familiar with the devastating news of an active shooter destroying innocent lives. Today is yet another reminder that we need to have a long overdue conversation to address the pattern of gun violence in our country. I call on my colleagues to do their job and responsibly address policy needs to make our nation better, safer, and healthier.”