Tom Winter (MT-AL), "Thoughts and prayers aren't enough"

Over the weekend, two mass shootings happened in the span of 13 hours. As of right now, 29 people lost their lives. There have been 251 shootings in 216 days this year.

After every single mass shooting, politicians race to social media to offer hollow “thoughts and prayers” — and frankly — I’m sick of it.

Make no mistake about it, this is a uniquely American problem.

I am a gun owner and I believe the 2nd Amendment is settled law. But there are gun safety measures that would save lives and help stop these horrifying events without infringing on our rights. All Congress has to do is vote. The Democratic-led House passed gun safety bills HR 8 and HR 1112 five months ago. They have been sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk ever since.

These are safety laws Congress could pass right now to help address mass shootings. Universal background checks, disarming domestic abusers, and instituting red flag laws are widely popular bipartisan issues. In fact, background checks are supported by 90% of Americans. These bills would be the first step in addressing our nation’s gun violence epidemic, and would work to prevent the next mass shooting.

This shouldn’t be a partisan issue - just like white nationalism’s growing connection to domestic terrorism. This is about common sense and who we want to be as a country.

We cannot afford to wait any longer. We must act now.
— Tom Winter