U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO), Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY), and 32 House Democrats today came together to call for immediate passage of DeGette and McCarthy's bill to ban high-capacity assault magazines. The bill would ban the production and sale of high-capacity ammunition clips, like those used in the Sandy Hook shootings and in many other gun massacres, including this summer's tragedy in Aurora. They introduced the bill earlier in this Congress, but in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, believe its passage is a first reasonable step to protect our nation's children.
"We may never be able to completely stop a disturbed individual from taking a gun and going into a school or a theater or a shopping mall and trying to shoot people, but we can give those victims a fighting chance," said DeGette. "We hope Speaker Boehner will bring this bill to the floor. It would send a message to the moms, to the dads, and to all the people of this country that this Congress is serious about gun violence prevention. Every single American who cares about this issue needs to pick up the phone, call their member of Congress, and ask them, "where do you stand? we need to see what you're going to do and who you stand with to stop this terrible gun violence that's killing children in America.'"
In last week's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the gunman shot most of his victims with an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon, using multiple 30-round magazines. He was able to kill 26 individuals, including 20 children, in less than ten minutes.
Beginning when she first arrived in Congress 16 years ago, Rep. DeGette has led the charge on introducing bills, on multiple occasions that would ban these high-capacity clips, beginning with the bill's first introduction in 1998. In this Congress, DeGette and McCarthy once again introduced a similar bill, H.R.308, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, to ban high-capacity magazines. The bill now has 140 co-sponsors, several of which signed on this week after the tragedy in Connecticut.