Levin Floor Statement Calling for Gun Safety Legislation

Jul 5, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09) today joined other concerned Democrats and delivered the following remarks on the House Floor to call for consideration of commonsense gun safety legislation:

(Remarks as delivered)

“Last week, I joined my Democratic colleagues from Michigan for a standing room-only meeting of community members concerned about gun violence in our country.  We were joined by representatives from law enforcement, the faith community, domestic violence advocates, the LGBT community, and grassroots organizations.

“We are at a turning point.  The Speaker called our sit down efforts on addressing gun violence a “stunt.”  How wrong.  It is the proposal that he is offering that would be a stunt in lieu of really addressing the tragic gun violence confronting the nation.  We should be considering the bipartisan, commonsense legislation that Americans overwhelmingly support: preventing suspected terrorists from buying guns known as No Buy, No Fly, and closing loopholes that allow online and gun show sales to go forward without background checks.

“There is strong public interest for action; we witnessed it last week. The Speaker, the Speaker, must no longer stand in the way.”