As the national spotlight shines on Obamacare and its failed implementation, a small group of Democrats gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attempt to revive the push for additional gun control.
In a briefing hosted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) stood alongside victims of gun violence to demand Congress once again address the controversial issue. The group was specifically focused on domestic violence involving firearms, since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The members of Congress argued that putting in place additional gun control measures would also help protect people — women especially — from incidents of domestic violence. They touted familiar statistics, such as the reported 90 percent of the American public that wants background checks.
“There is a huge disconnect between what the American public wants and Congress is willing to give them,” Murphy told the audience.
He argued that gun retailers were driving “paranoia” and convincing Americans that the government was attempting to grab their guns. Murphy added that members of Congress who don’t stand up to gun lobbies will be voted out of office.
Moore, herself a self-described victim of domestic violence, said that in order for domestic violence victims to be protected from gun violence, loopholes in the current background check system need to be closed. One of those loopholes, according to the Congresswoman, was that people who own guns are allowed to keep them even after restraining orders are placed on them. Both Blumenthal and Moore said they were proposing legislation to ensure those guns were taken away until restraining orders are lifted.
Moore also urged proponents of expanded gun control to “keep the heat on Congress” to get universal background check legislation passed through Congress.
“If common sense were common, we’d have passed this background check already,” Moore exclaimed.
Most recently, gun control has been fought on a state-by-state basis, with Colorado recalling two state legislators who voted for harsher gun laws. There is a similar push currently being mounted in California. At the federal level, the last gun control push was the Manchin-Toomey background check legislation, which failed to pass Congress back in April.