On Wednesday, the family members of the Charleston shooting victims spoke of gun violence and urged the U.S. Congress to take action on gun control.
Gun control and gun violence are part of a never-ending saga it seems that is blocked in Congress and manifests itself violently across the U.S. While the blame goes to mental health issues and criminal records, little is done to control who owns a gun in the U.S.
The family members of the Charleston church shooting victims decried the situation. As they held up photos of their gone loved ones, they sided with Democrats in calling for tougher legislation on gun control and Congress moving on accomplishing this goal.
Andre Duncan, the nephew of Myra Thompson, herself a victim in the Charleston shooting, declared that the tragic event:
“made Charleston much stronger than it ever was. I will not rest until our legislators do what is right by expanding Brady background checks at gun shows and online sales. This will save lives. I’m here today to speak up on behalf of the Charleston community and all who are sick and tired of Congress ignoring the problem of gun violence”.
Myra Thompson, as well as another eight parishioners were shot dead at the Emanuel AME Church during their bible study session.
The Democrats who joined the outspoken fight for tougher legislation are House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Representative Mike Thompson as well as Democratic Representative of South Carolina Jim Clyburn.
All of them joined the Brady Campaign for preventing Gun Violence and are calling on Congress to move action on tougher legislation. Representative Jim Clyburn held a speech as well in Washington, referring to the Confederate flag heated debate and gun control:
“It’s an important symbol, it is a very strong symbol but the fact still remains that though this young man worshiped that symbol, he carried out his dastardly act with a gun.”
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi also urged that Congress expands the Brady law by H.R. 1217. H.R. 1217 envisions that purchasing a licensed firearm requires background checks on the buyer, particularly if the buyer has a criminal history or mental illness history.
The Brady law was passed in 1993 and took its name from the 1981 shooting that killed secretary of press James Brady under the Reagan administration. H.R. 1217 was introduced in March. Under the previous Congress, the same measure failed to obtain a hearing and a similar attempt was blocked in 2013 in the Senate.
H.R. 1217 is currently sponsored by four Republicans as well. None of them attended the Washington event on Wednesday.
As always, gun control and stricter regulations remain a controversial topic within U.S. communities and political spectrum as well.
Starch opponents to enhanced regulations see H.R. 1217 as futile. For instance, the National Rifle Association official statements imply that background checks would do nothing to help curb gun violence.
When someone wants to do harm using a gun, they can easily steal one or ask another person to purchase one for them, according to the National Rifle Association. Such standpoints are harmful to the debate.
President Obama has times and again voiced his frustration over the stalemate in the federal gun control reform.
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