Democrats Demand Action On Gun Industry

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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said that she believes that Congress must take on the gun industry and impose stricter controls on weapons.

The Democrat was speaking in the wake of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, a spree that left at least 58 dead and injured over 500, according to the Times Union.

"There's so many things we could work on," added Gillibrand. "We could work on banning assault weapons. We could work on making sure we have better background checks. We could work on ending the trafficking of guns into states like ours from states that don't have good gun laws. We should do these kinds of bipartisan things together. But doing nothing is unacceptable."

Gillibrand spoke from a high school in New York state.

"Mass shootings get all the news, but every single day in our state gun violence on a much smaller scale is destroying more families, and more and more lives," she added. "We must take gun violence as seriously as we take the threat of terrorism, wherever it's happening."

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The senator spoke out against a plan to deregulate gun silencers. While supporters allege the move would help protect the hearing of hunters and other gun users, opponents like Gillibrand argue it would make it harder for police to deal with gun crime.

"They're doing it because it's a value-add market item," Gillibrand stated. The firearms industry "can just make more money. And [Congress] has to begin to say it's not right. It's not right. Making money at all costs is not what this country's about. It's not capitalism. It's greed."

Gabrielle Giffords, an ex-representative from Arizona who suffered severe brain injuries as a result of a shooting in 2011, also released a statement Oct. 2.

"I am praying for the victims of this shooting, their families and friends," said Giffords. "But I am praying for my former colleagues, too. I am praying they find the courage it will take to make progress on the challenging issue of gun violence. I know they got into politics for the same reason I did -- to make a difference, to get things done."

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Other Democrats have joined in with a similar message.

"It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference," added Sen. Chris Murphy, according to The Washington Post.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, also called for action.

"Thoughts & prayers are not enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents," Warren wrote on Twitter.

Sources: Times Union, The Washington Post / Featured Image: U.S. Department of Labor/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, Pete Souza/whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia Commons

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