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.
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.”