All 7 Michigan House Dems urge McConnell to immediately hold vote on gun control bills

    Susan J. Demas

    All seven Democratic members of Michigan’s U.S. House delegation signed onto a letter Wednesday telling U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up gun violence prevention legislation immediately in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.

    A total of 213 Democrats demanded for McConnell to call the U.S. Senate back into session and hold a vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, which both passed the Democratic-led House in February.

    “Since that time, you have allowed more than 150 days to pass and countless lives have been lost including those most recently lost in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois and the many others who will never make the headlines,” the letter reads.

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    The seven Michigan members are: U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Haley Stevens (D-Rochester).

    The legislation includes universal background checks, a “red flag” law to keep guns out of the hands of those who are a threat to themselves and others and an assault weapons ban.

    “Months ago, the House passed bipartisan legislation to improve gun safety by expanding background checks for all gun sales,” said Stevens. “Senator McConnell should reconvene the Senate and allow a vote on these common sense bills immediately. This is not about politics. It’s about the responsibility of government to ensure the safety of its citizens.”

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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