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‘Spineless’ Congress can’t give people what they want


Monday, 12 people were killed in a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.  The tragedy his particularly close to hope for Representative Donna Edwards who used to work at the Navy Yard as a civilian contractor.

“What I do know is that when 90% of the people say we want effective background checks and spineless members of Congress can’t do it because they’re under the throes of the gun lobby, something really just stinks in America about that,” Edwards said.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards called out her Congressional colleagues on Jansing & Co. for not passing gun control legislation.

The recent recall of two lawmakers in Colorado who backed new gun restrictions should not deter politicians when background checks can prevent deaths, she said.

“How many more thousands of people have to lose their lives to senseless gun violence? Can’t we just do background checks for Pete’s sake? Can’t we just make sure that we have a system where people who have severe mental health problems get into a database so that they are prohibited from purchasing a weapon? Can’t we standardize that across the country?”

Watch the full interview above with Rep. Donna Edwards on Jansing & Co.