May 24, 2022

New Dem Chair Calls for Congressional Action on Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after the heartbreaking mass shootings in Buffalo, NY and Ulvade, TX, calling for urgent Congressional action on common sense gun violence prevention legislation. In 2022 alone, over 17,000 lives have been lost to gun violence. 

“New Dems are heartbroken over the tragic mass shootings in Buffalo, NY and Ulvade, TX. 

“In less than two weeks, too many lives have been taken far too soon in senseless acts of gun violence. As members of Congress, it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to keep our communities safe for all Americans by putting an end to the heartbreaking tragedy of gun violence. 

“In Buffalo last week, a white supremacist carried out a racist attack in a grocery store, killing 10 people. In Ulvade today, a gunman walked into an elementary school, murdering 14 children and one teacher in cold blood. In both communities, the victims of this senseless violence were just going about their daily lives – shopping for dinner and attending class. Schools and grocery stores are not dangerous places, and they never should be. 

“We have the power in Congress to pass lifesaving legislation, and we can’t let another day go by without addressing this American epidemic. New Dems unanimously voted to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, to require background checks on all firearm sales and close the gunshow and online loopholes. Last week, the House passed New Dem Leadership Member Brad Schneider’s (IL-10) H.R. 350, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, to combat domestic violent extremist groups and individuals, including those that are racially motivated. 

"In the coming days Senate Republicans will have a choice, act on solutions to keep our communities safe or stand in the way and put innocent lives at risk. It's time for the Senate pass and send these bills to the President’s desk as soon as possible. We can’t wait another day, American lives are on the line.”