Help Solve the Gun Crisis

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 8, 2019
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. BROWNLEY of California. Madam Speaker, on November 7, 12 lives were stolen from us during the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in my district. As our community began to reckon with this tragedy, I said: ``Today we mourn. Tomorrow we work to end the senseless gun violence ravaging our Nation.''

But we didn't even have time to recover from our shock before wildfires raged through our community. Our trauma was made unthinkably worse, but we were also united by these dual tragedies, united in reflection and healing.

My community knows that there is no single solution to ending mass shootings, but we also know that to do nothing, to not even try, would be unimaginable. We cannot bring back those lives lost, but we can take sensible action to find solutions that will make the lives of our constituents better and safer.

One very obvious, commonsense solution that more than 90 percent of this country supports is universal background checks. H.R. 8 will not solve all of the gun violence that is ripping our Nation apart, but it will help. That is what we are here to do. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 8.