Dayton shooting survivor Christina Huelsman is calling for an emergency session of Congress to pass gun reform before more lives are lost.
“I think the decision to put that on recess, I think right now it’s failing our country,” she stated. “I think it’s extremely necessary that this is taken into action and it’s—it’s definitely an emergency session that’s needed to be happening.”
Gun reform advocates called on Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back to vote on a gun reform bill following two mass shootings. The House passed H.R. 8, a gun reform bill, in February 2019. The bill would require background checks for all gun sales.
McConnell has said work on the bill can be done after the August recess, stating, “We’re gonna have these bipartisan discussions and when we get back, hopefully be able to come together.”
But many, including Huelsman, believe there’s no time to waste.
“I think it needs to happen now,” she said. “I think the longer we wait, he thinks people might just forget, but I’m not gonna forget, and I know millions of others aren’t forgetting, and who knows? We could wake up tomorrow and another thing could be happening.”
At least 27,386 people have been shot this year in the U.S., including 2,312 children, as of mid-August 2019.