Nancy Pelosi: “I Would Rather Pass Gun Safety Legislation Than Win The Election” (Video)

Nancy Pelosi: “I Would Rather Pass Gun Safety Legislation Than Win The Election” (Video)

Nancy Pelosi said that she would rather pass gun safety legislation than win the election.

At her weekly press conference Thursday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and said that she prioritizes passing gun control legislation higher than winning the next election.

“I would rather pass gun safety legislation than win the election,” the Minority Leader said Thursday adding that she does not want to wait until January, when she hopes Democrats will retake the majority.

“I don’t want to wait that long,” she said. “We could have a select committee right now.”

Roll Call reports:

Pelosi said she doesn’t want to wait until January, when Democrats hope to be in control of the House again, to act on gun violence.

“I don’t want to wait that long,” she said. “We could have a select committee right now.”

“We could write on this appropriations bill that is due toward the end of March” a provision lifting prohibitions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research on gun violence, Pelosi added, referring to spending legislation needed once the stopgap measure funding the government expires on March 23. “And we could bring up the background check legislation, which is bipartisan.”

Those three potential actions are familiar Democratic requests in the wake of mass shooting tragedies like the one Wednesday at a Florida high school that resulted in 17 deaths.

“We’ll be continuing to meet on this subject to try to respond,” Pelosi said, but noted Demorats also want to try to prevent, rather than just respond to, gun violence.

Ryan said mental health is a frequent issue associated with mass shootings and appears to be related to Wednesday’s shooting at a Florida high school.

“We passed legislation on mental health,” he said.

“We passed legislation cleaning up the instant background check system,” Ryan added, noting it’s sitting in the Senate. The speaker usually refers to this bill when pushed on why he won’t support expanded background check legislation.

Asked if he would be willing to form a select committee on gun violence, Ryan said, “I think Congress should do its job. … We passed mental health legislation two years ago”

Ryan said that law is just being implemented, noting, “The question is, are those laws where they need to be, is it being implemented correctly.”

President Donald Trump stuck a somber tone while addressing the  shooting.

“We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden, also. No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school,” he said Thursday.


 

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