Press Release ● Republican Outrages
For Immediate Release: 
October 4, 2017
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Republicans voted against bringing legislation to the Floor that would establish a bipartisan Select Committee on Gun Violence:

“Today, just fifty-nine hours after fifty-nine people were brutally murdered and more than 500 injured in the worst mass shooting in our history, House Republicans voted to defeat a motion that would have established a select committee to investigate gun violence.  If we cannot come together as a nation behind an effort to identify commonsense ways to reduce gun violence even in this moment of tragedy, when can we do so?  There are ways that our country can help prevent mass shootings and the criminal abuse of firearms without infringing on the rights of responsible gun owners.  Silencing national dialogue on this issue will not make us safer; nor does it honor the memories of victims to avoid talking about the very serious national challenge that daily causes unnecessary loss of life and injury.  I call on Republicans to work with Democrats to enact responsible, commonsense gun safety legislation, which Americans overwhelmingly support.”