Sara Gideon (ME-Sen), "The president was wrong on guns yesterday"

Background checks save lives, they are easy and convenient, and unlike almost any other major issue they enjoy almost universal support among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

That is why I am calling on Senator McConnell to recall the United States Senate to Washington, D.C. to debate and vote on this lifesaving legislation.

Yesterday, the president cited video games, the internet, and mental illness as the reasons for gun violence in this country.

But the truth is, other countries have video games. Other countries use the internet and have people with mental illness.

But it is the United States that stands alone in its epidemic levels of gun violence.

And that is because almost every other major country on Earth has taken action to make it harder for people who shouldn’t have guns to get guns.

We know how to solve this problem. The Senate could take a big first step in that direction this week.

They simply need the courage to act.
— Sara Gideon