WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) called on Congress to take action against gun violence.
“Just give us a vote,” Pelosi said at a news conference on Thursday in which she was accompanied by Gun Violence Protection Task Force Chairman Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.).
Pelosi spoke in favor of proposals by Thompson that would expand background checks to cover gun show and internet purchases as well as establish a select committee to study gun violence.
Pelosi’s remarks come the day after a gunman opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. killing 17 people. Police charged Nikolas Cruz, 19, with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday morning. Cruz, a former student, was expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, according to media reports.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at his weekly news conference called the Florida shooting a “nightmare.”
Ryan did not commit to Thompson’s proposal to establish a select committee on gun violence. Ryan said legislation recently passed by the House that has not yet been taken up by the Senate addresses loopholes that were discovered in previous mass shootings.
“We found some loopholes that needed to be plugged and we passed a bill to plug those loopholes,” he said.