Local Politicians React to the Weekend’s Mass Shootings

Montgomery County’s congressional leaders turned to Twitter to express their reactions to the mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“We cannot allow ourselves to reach the point where horror does not horrify. We must stand up to hate and domestic terrorists. Those who refuse to take action to stop the carnage are complicit. Inaction kills,” wrote Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Kensington in a tweet.

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park used his tweets to urge Senate Majority Leader to allow gun bills from the House to get a vote in the Senate.

“However he wants to vote personally, McConnell must bring the universal background check to the Senate floor for a vote. #EnoughisEnough,” Raskin tweeted.

Here’s Councilmember Will Jawando on the attacks:

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the General Assembly passed, and Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013 which expanded firearms regulations. It also included provisions which prohibited certain people with mental illnesses from owning a firearm.

In 2018, lawmakers prohibited “bump stocks,” which can accelerate how quickly a trigger is pressed in a semi-automatic weapon. The same year, lawmakers passed a “red flag” bill in which a person can file in District Court that someone owns a firearm and poses a credible danger.

Here are Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s tweets:

 

Here are Rep. Jamie Raskin’s tweets:

And tweets from Rep. David Trone and Rep. John Sarbanes:

 

 

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Reporter with 35 years experience throughout Maryland. Reach me at dtallman@mymcmedia.org or via Twitter at @MCM-Doug

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