Senator King’s Statement on Gun Control Votes Today in DC

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,337)

U. S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr.  (I-ME)  issued the following statement today after the Senate voted on a series of amendments pertainting to gun control legislation in Washington, D.C.

“America’s epidemic of gun violence is a problem that’s been at the forefront of my mind since that tragic day in December when a gunman senselessly took the lives of twenty children and six school staff members in Newtown, Connecticut…..Over the course of the past few months I’ve been talking to advocates on both sides of the issue.  My highest priority in weighing their respective arguments has always been to find a solution that is effective and enforceable.  That’s why today I voted in favor of a sensible, compromise background check amendment crafted by Senators Manchin and Toomey.  That’s also why I voted in favor of Senators Collins’ and Leahy’s measure to strengthen penalities for gun trafficking and straw purchases, which I cosponsored.  That’s why I supported a measure that would limit magazine clips to ten rounds.  All of these are common-sense provisions that would not only have immediate impact on reducing gun violence, but that are also supported by a majority of Senators!  Insteady, today, a minority of Senators prevented their passage and, simply, put, it’s unconscionable.

Following today’s votes, I strongly urge my colleagues, as I pledge myself, to continue to work to find a compromise so that we can move forward on substantive gun control legislaton.  We owe it not only to the families of the victims of Newtown and Aurora, but to the families of the additional 30,000 Americans who are killed every year by gunfire.  They deserve it.”