On Friday afternoon nineteen House representatives called for Paul Ryan to hold a vote on a bill that would push for stronger background checks. These calls come a week after the most recent school shooting at a high school in Florida where 17 students and staff died.
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), one of the signers of the letter to Ryan, said in astatement:
“Background checks are the first line of defense in law enforcement’s efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and those deemed dangerously mentally ill.”
The letter refers to a bill that was proposed last year after a fatal shooting at a Texas church that left 25 people dead. The bill focuses primarily on background checks, but conservatives are unwilling to back it unless it includes so-called concealed-carry legislation which is backed by the NRA.
A bill that combined the two proposals passed the House last year in mid-December, setting up a possible fight with Republicans in the Senate. The House GOP leaders have promised that the concealed-carry provision wouldn’t be removed, meaning that the bill would actually loosen gun restrictions instead of strengthening them.
The letter concludes that the bill would improve communication between state and local agencies when handling background checks, which some are blaming for the shooting in Florida after the shooter was reported to police and the FBI over 19 times and was still able to legally purchase a firearm.
The cries for common sense gun laws has been ringing since last Wednesday, all around the countries students have staged walk out and planned marches for next month. Many wondering if this will be that last school shooting before something is done by the government.