Congress members come to Florida to advocate for gun laws

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, July 5, 2016 | comments


Congress members come to Florida to advocate for gun laws

By Vanessa Medina

HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch have arrived in South Florida with plans to advocate for gun laws.

Deutch and Wasserman Schultz are demanding that Congress take action and approve legislation that prohibits people on the Terrorist Watchlist from purchasing guns.

Deutch and Wasserman Schultz said after the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, inaction is unconscionable.

House Republicans refused to hold a vote on gun legislation after the Pulse nightclub shooting, so Democrats staged a sit-in as a protest.

“Every year on average, more than 32,000 people die, a number so large that it is hard to even believe or wrap your mind around,” Wasserman Schultz said. “This congress has no right to continue to hold moments of silence for victims and do nothing to prevent the next tragedy. We have a duty to act, and Congressman Deutch and I are both heading back to Washington within the hour to tell Speaker Ryan and House Republicans in the clearest possible terms, do your damn job! Do your damn job! Stand up and face the music!”

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel also spoke along with Wasserman Schultz, saying AK-47s do not belong on street in the hands of criminals.

A victim of gun violence, Megan Hopson also demanded that action be taken.

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