WASHINGTON D.C. (WJER) - Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator used the extended holiday weekend to urge lawmakers to return to session to address gun violence.
Sherrod Brown is calling for action following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton four weeks ago. He says the death toll in Dayton would have been higher if not for the bravery of police.
“In just 32 seconds he fired 41 shots taking 9 lives and destroying countless others. There’s no reason one man should have been able to kill nine people and injure dozens more in less than one minute. Think about that,” he says.
Brown says the House passed legislation on what he calls common-sense background checks six months ago. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to bring it up in the senate.
“At Miami Valley Hospital, I looked President Trump in the eye when he was visiting the hospital, and I implored the President to call McConnell and ask him to hold a vote immediately. That was 23 days ago, more than three weeks ago,” he says.
Brown made the comments while delivering the national weekly address for Democrats over the weekend.