The U.S. Congress came together in a bipartisan fashion today to condemn the acts of gun violence that will plague the country in the months and years ahead.
“We condemn the senseless taking of innocent life that we will experience in the future,” the resolution reads. “We call on all Americans to come together during these times of national trauma that will inflict us, probably twice a year if not more frequently.”
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), one of the sponsors of the resolution, says it’s a step in the right direction for lawmakers to get all of their future condemnations of acts of gun violence out of the way at once, because that will free up time for other legislative priorities.
“If you know you’re going to be using toilet paper in the months and years ahead, it makes sense to buy your toilet paper bulk at a lower price than if you bought just a few rolls at a time,” he said. “That’s what we’re doing here. We know a man, probably a white man over 50 who has nursed deep-seated rage for years, will snap and shoot people with the guns he’s amassed over the years. So, we’re saying that we condemn that senseless act of violence, and also that we want Americans to come together during this time of national tragedy. And this message remains the same whether it’s the mass shooting we get in early 2018 or the one we get in late 2018.”
Barrasso also said it could be the mass shooting that takes place in mid-2019 or in early 2020 or sometime in 2021 or 2022.
The resolution passed by a vote of 429-6 in the House and 92-7 in the Senate. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) missed the vote because he was in the hospital.
Among those opposing the resolution was future Republican senator Roy Moore from Alabama. Although not a senator yet, he was asked to vote on his state’s behalf because the senator he will be replacing, Luther Strange, won’t be in office when many of the future mass shootings will take place.
“We didn’t think it made sense to have a senator who will be out of office in a month vote for the resolution,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Over the next six years, there will be a dozen mass shooting. It make sense to have the senator who will be in office during those future acts of senseless violence to vote for or against the resolution.”
Moore said he voted against the resolution because he doesn’t believe it’s right to condemn what makes America free. “We have to choose,” he said. “Are we free or are we a socialist government that tells us what to do? I will vote for freedom every time.”
President Donald Trump, after the vote, praised Congress on Twitter. “Great act of courage by Congress today,” he tweeted. “The mass shooting next year—and year after that!—is act of pure evil. Good to condemn NOW!”
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