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Forget Benghazi, Democrats Demand Special Committee To Investigate Gun Violence

As Republicans try to distract the country with Benghazi, House Democrats are putting the focus on a real national scandal by demanding a special committee to investigate gun violence.

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) has introduced a resolution calling for a special committee to investigate gun violence.

Rep. Thompson said:

This House Majority has created committees to bully Planned Parenthood and harass a presidential candidate, all the while allowing mass gun violence to go unchecked and unexamined on their watch,” said Thompson. “There have been nearly 280 mass shootings since Newtown and Congress has done nothing. No votes have been cast. No bills have been debated. No proposals have even been considered. This Select Committee can change that.

We’re offering Republicans a seat at the table. We want to hear their thoughts and ideas. We want to work with them. No proposal is going to stop every shooting, but we can come up with solutions that stop some tragedies. Failing to come to the table is equal to sitting by and allowing mass gun violence to become America’s new normal. Congress has a responsibility to do better than that. We need to step up, pull together and address this problem. It is within our power to do something to help save lives. Let’s not waste it.

More than double the number the of Americans who were killed in the Benghazi attack died in the mass shooting at a community college in Rosenburg, OR. More than 10,000 Americans lose their lives to gun violence each year while less than one American on average dies from terrorism.

Mass shootings are a bigger threat to the safety of the American people than international terrorism, but Republicans have wasted millions of dollars each day while trying to explain away mass shootings by saying, “stuff happens.”

Republicans are busy hyping their bogus scandals for political gain while innocent Americans are dying every day. One doesn’t need a congressional investigation to understand that Republican priorities are costing American lives.

Jason Easley

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements. Awards and  Professional Memberships Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association

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