Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in politicizing the Saturday shooting at a California synagogue.
In the very same tweet that she expressed her condolences to the victims, Ocasio-Cortez peddled a gun control bill currently stalled in the Senate.
“Heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting, particularly so on this final day of Passover,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the tweet ahead of her gun control pitch.
She continued: “We have a responsibility to love + protect our neighbors. The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on #HR8, the more we put Americans at risk.”
Here’s more, from the Daily Caller:
One person is dead and three others are injured following the shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue, authorities said. Police have one suspect in custody, who is described as a 19-year-old male.
The legislation expands federal background checks to include private transfers and could effectively ban Americans ages 18 to 20 from acquiring handguns. The Democratically controlled House passed HR8 in February.
California, where the shooting took place, recently tightened statewide gun laws.
The Daily Caller also reports HR 8 as an uphill climb in the Republican-majority Senate:
The Bipartisan Background Checks Bill (H.R. 8) — which mandates that every buyer involved in firearms sales and individuals involved in most transfers go through a federal background check — passed 240 to 190 with 8 Republicans’ “yes” votes. Two Democrats voted against the bill.
Although H.R. 8 says the bill restricts the formation of a firearms registry, Republicans say it cannot be enforced without such a system and Democrats are using the bill as a first step toward a registry in the future.
“H.R. 8 is taking the fears and the concerns of a nation over gun violence and perpetrating a fraud upon them,” House Judiciary ranking committee member Doug Collins said. “They’re playing on the very victims that they’re wanting to supposedly help by putting a bill out there that will not help them, by constantly bringing up the mass violence incidences such as at schools and theaters and others. They’re saying this will help.”
The bills face an uphill battle in the Republican-led Senate, but Thompson says he has already talked to members on both sides of the aisle in the upper chamber about authoring a companion bill.