Today Congressman John B. Larson took to the floor of the United States House of Representatives to call for a vote on legislation expanding background checks to all commercial gun sales. While the majority party in the House remains unwilling to take up any legislation to address gun violence prevention, Congressman Larson plans on filing a bill identical to the bi-partisan Manchin-Toomey background checks proposal, and to subsequently file a discharge petition to bring it to the floor if the House continues not to act.
"We need to vote in the United States Congress," said Congressman Larson. "If these young children had the courage to go after their assailant, if the teacher stepped in the way to protect, does Congress have the will and the courage to stand up and merely do what it was elected to do -- cast a vote in both chambers, cast a vote on behalf of the American people, cast a vote on behalf of these children, on behalf of these parents who have come here to besiege the United States Congress to do its responsibility, to do what we take the oath of office for."
"Ninety-two percent of the American people believe that we need universal background checks," Larson continued. "We have to make sure that our bodies, both the Senate and the House, take up this legislation in the aftermath of yet another tragedy on Patriot's Day. The most patriotic thing we can do is vote."