Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Floor Speech

Date: April 11, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Guns

Ms. HAHN. Mr. Speaker, I'm happy that, finally, we are moving forward on gun violence prevention legislation in this country. And I really applaud our Senators, Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, for coming together, finally, in a bipartisan fashion to push forward legislation to expand background checks in gun shows and for online purchases.

This is a strong first step towards a meaningful solution to end gun violence in this country. And I hope the House, I hope we take this up soon, and pass this legislation.

But I think we need to do more. And if losing 20 young innocent lives doesn't shake us up to end this epidemic of gun violence that has plagued our Nation's neighborhoods, schools, and churches, then nothing will.

If we harden our hearts to the tears and the testimonies of the parents of Newtown here with us this week, then we're telling every family that has been shattered by a gun and every family that has been shattered by this kind of violence that, if we don't act, we're washing our hands of their agony.

You know, I hope that we still have a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but this is a good first start.