Congressional Democrats have announced their plan to introduce sweeping gun control measures in a narrowly focused political response to the recent mass shooting at a community college near Roseburg, Oregon.

Rather than addressing the deliberate targeting of Christians, members of the military and law enforcement officers, or the mental health issues of the perpetrators, Democrats, led by President Obama, have chosen to politicize the tragedy to further their gun control agenda.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) made a statement last week virtually indicting his fellow lawmakers on the gun issue.

"Congress has become an accomplice in these murders. We are quietly endorsing this mass slaughter by refusing to act … I don’t care how many members of Congress send out tweets saying they're sorry. You aren’t sorry, you aren't truly sympathetic if you're not willing to act."

Fellow senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stood alongside Murphy at a press conference outside the Capitol.

The announcement of the proposed legislative package was accompanied with a threat to keep other legislation from consideration prior to the gun bills.

The Democrats’ bills include an expanded version of a previously introduced proposal that would expand background checks to include online purchases and those made from unlicensed dealers at gun shows, the so-called “gun show loophole.”

Other legislation would prevent gun sales from being completed unless and until a background check is finalized. Current law allows the sale if the check is not completed within 72 hours of the application.

Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, a national gun rights group, says that the Democrat proposals are the wrong way to address mass shootings and are “mere pandering to the Democrat base.”

“Congress must act. Away with Gun-Free School Zones. Such zones have been the site of all but two of the mass murders in the U.S. since 1950. We join with our Dear Leader in calling for Congress to act.”

Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said in an Iowa radio interview, that President Obama has made the shootings about guns, rather than the two-pronged problem of mental illness and the establishment of gun-free zones in schools. “People are going to places where guns are prohibited.”

 

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