Mayors urge Senate to vote on gun safety legislation

More than 200 mayors from all over the US demand that Senate members should return and act on gun safety legislation, reported Associated Press Thursday.

The mayors sent a letter to Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, and Chuck Schumer, Democratic Leader, saying that America «can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them.»

Two mass shootings happened in the US over the last weekend, leaving 31 people dead. The mayors said it was necessary for the Senate to vote as soon as possible on bills, which would expand the background check for those who want to purchase a gun. The two bills have already been passed by the House and awaiting the Senate vote.

“Quick passage of these bills is a critical step to reducing gun violence in our country,” the mayors wrote.

Rep. Schumer said Wednesday that «Democrats are not going to settle for half-measures so Republicans can feel better and try to push the issue of gun violence off to the side.»

US President Donald Trump, who visited El Paso and Dayton, places of the latest mass shootings, said Wednesday: «I can only do what I can do.»

The letter to the Senate leaders was signed by mayors of El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, Orlando and Parkland, Florida, Pittsburgh and Annapolis, Maryland, and many more.


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