Maine 'Moms Demand Action' Advocates For Gun Control Legislation

“You all know that there are so many things that we could do,” said Gideon. “But a couple of them that are right at our fingertips — and yes, that we have not gotten over the finish line, but by golly, we will — are universal background checks, and red flag laws.”

The debate over gun control is expected to be prominent in the 2020 elections.

“Gun safety, without any question, is one of the biggest issues that we face in this nation right now,” said Gideon. “We have seen across this country, mass shooting after mass shooting take place, and there has been no action at the federal level to actually make sure that we pass smart gun safety measures.”

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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

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