National Parent Teachers Association President Leslie Bogos testified earlier today in Congress, before a forum of the House Violence Prevention Task Force, entitled: Impact of Violence on children and the need for senate Vote for universal background checks.
She said: "Thousands of children across the country are victims or witnesses of gun violence in their schools, homes and communities. Along their ABCs, kindergartens sing songs to remind them to run and hide during active shootings. "
She went on:" For years, we have been calling for action and saying 'enough is enough.' Yet all too often we have been greeted with 'thoughts and prayers' by our elected leaders. Our children and families deserve more than just thoughts and prayers. Continuing anything is unacceptable. "
Earlier this year, the House passed its first major gun control legislation in nearly a quarter of a century, approving a measure requiring federal controls on all firearms sales including online and during shows with weapons, 240 votes against. Stoneman Douglasley School in Parkland, Florida, last year, sparking a new surge in activism.
But the bill went nowhere. Republican-controlled Senate will not accept it, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is not ready to debate or vote on legislation he knows Donald Trump will not sign ̵
Boggs told Hill today: "Conversations about school safety, gun safety and violence prevention cannot just be about video games, violent programming, and mental health. Our country's leaders need to recognize and turn to easy access to firearms and weapons of war. "
She concluded," Checks of the past can and will save lives. This common sense gun measure would save lives and prevent injuries in my hometown of Odessa, Texas. "
She was referring to the mass shooting in Midland and Odessa last month, which followed in the footsteps of other massacres in August through Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
Meanwhile, 2020 candidate Beto O & # 39; Rourke came to the forefront of the media exposure following the Democratic debate in Houston last week, according to Axios. This came after weeks of passionate gun control following the shooting in his hometown of El Paso.
He pledged the ban and mandatory purchase of assault weapons by civilians. The latest media exposure ranking was compiled by Newswhip via Axios.