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Bucks candidate challenges senate leader to call for vote on gun bills


In the wake of two mass shootings, Debbie Wachspress, Democratic congressional candidate for PA-01, which includes Bucks County, sent a letter Monday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell requesting he call the Senate back to session and vote on two bills calling for improvements to background checks on the sale of firearms.

The letter reads in part:

Dear Senator McConnell,

I write to you today with a broken heart. In less than 24 hours, our country has experienced two mass shootings. At last count, 31 people are dead and at least 50 wounded.

These mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters, brothers, and children were killed while running errands. They were killed enjoying music. They were killed spending time with their families. This adds to the list of those that have perished praying in their houses of worship, attending concerts and learning in school classrooms.

I write to you with a simple request. As Senate Majority Leader, call your chamber back into session immediately and call for votes on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. These bills passed the House months ago and in the interest of the American people they deserve to be brought to the Senate floor.

As an American, I find your inaction and lack of leadership unconscionable. ...

Before another life is lost at the hands of a mass shooter, I urge you to lead your chamber and set our country on a course for common-sense gun laws that preserve life and end this rash of violence.

In the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, “If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”

Wachspress served in 2000 as New Jersey State Director for the Million Mom March.

Most recently, in her role as a School Board Director for the Pennsbury School District, Wachspress voted to approve funds for security equipment and training for school personnel engaged in school violence prevention and response initiatives.

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