House Dems react to Texas church shooting: 'It must stop. We have to do something.'
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Three House Democrats spoke one-on-one with Sinclair Broadcast Group Monday about Sunday's mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church that killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.; and Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., discussed gun violence in America and what Congress should do about it. Watch them speak in the video player above, or read their remarks below.
"It's another unbelievable, mass gun violence. It must stop. We have to do something.
"We need to, to control the proliferation of guns. And people who are mentally ill, who beat their spouses, their wives, their husbands, their children, shouldn't have guns!"
"Well, I have a report that I put out three years ago, about things that we could do, common-sense steps that we could take, to reduce gun violence. Treat it like the health epidemic that it is. And there are dozens of things that can happen. And in fact, in some states that have taken some of these steps, they have fewer people who die.
"We don't have to be the only country, the only rich country in the world, that can't protect our families from gun violence."
"It was absolutely terrible. It's another heartbreaking mass shooting and murder by someone who should never have had his hands on a gun. And this Congress needs to crank up the courage and work to do something to help prevent gun violence.
"We could start working on it, for starters. This leadership will not even allow us to work on issues. There are a number of things that we know work: We know background checks work; there's a lot of places you can buy a gun without going through a background check. We need to do work on the mental health stuff. But these guys say, 'Well, it's all mental health,' and then they repeal the mental health provisions in the Affordable Care Act. It's absolutely disingenuous on their part."