‘Enough is enough’: Senate urged to back gun-sale background checks


In the wake of the mass shootings that killed 31 in Texas and Ohio, gun violence victims joined House Democratic leaders Tuesday and urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote and pass expanded gun-sale background checks.

More than 9,000 people have died so far this year as a result of gun violence, including more than 250 in mass shootings. Twenty-two people were killed by a gunman at an El Paso Walmart on Aug. 3; nine were fatally shot hours later in Dayton.

“How many Americans will lose their lives, or their loved ones, to rampant gun violence before the United States Senate takes action?” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said at a Capitol Hill news conference, which included several other Democrats and those whose lives have been directly affected by deadly shootings.

Other lawmakers who called on the Senate to vote on a House background-check measure passed earlier this year included Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 8th District; and Rep. Anthony Brown, a Democrat representing Maryland’s 4th District.

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