Most West Michigan members of Congress not ready to address gun law reform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The majority of Congress apparently not ready to address gun law reform after a mass shooting that killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 in Las Vegas.

Wednesday morning, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D – CA, introduced a bill that would ban bump stocks, the hardware that easily convert a semi-automatic rifle into firing-like an automatic weapon. Police say the shooter in Las Vegas used 12 bump stocks to modify his semi-automatic rifles.

“How many more must die?” said Rep. John Lewis, D – GA, after walking down the steps of the Capitol Wednesday arm-in-arm with colleagues.

“Don’t tell me it’s about protecting the Second Amendment when you won’t stand up for the First Amendment. Don’t tell me this anything other than greed; greed, money and fear.”

FOX 17 reached out to the offices of Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and Congressmen Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga and Justin Amash.

Only Fred Upton’s press secretary wrote FOX 17: “Fred believes we should continue to have a dialogue and take steps to make sure that every community is safe and firearms are kept out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.”

Officials with Senators Stabenow and Peters told FOX 17 they were extremely busy Wednesday.

Research shows that most Americans support various version of gun law reforms like background checks, bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, and having a federal database to track gun sales.

The lingering gun reform in Congress before Sunday’s shooting was the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. It would make buying silencers easier, make it more difficult for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to classify some ammunition as “armor piercing,” and loosen restrictions on transporting firearms between states. Recently introduced in the U.S. House, there is no vote currently set.

President Trump passed legislation at the end of February that revoked background checks for people who receive Social Security checks for mental illnesses as they purchase guns.

Sen. Feinstein announced a bill Wednesday to ban bump stocks, sharing her daughter was also originally going to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

“I don’t know what to do except to continue to fight because reason doesn’t control this situation,” said Sen. Feinstein.

“And when you see a country music festival, when you see 18-year-olds in boots and hats-my own daughter was going to go. I have an email from her. She was going to go with neighbors, and they, for one reason or another, both families decided they wouldn’t. They were going to stay at that hotel. That’s how close it came to me. And I just thank God. That’s just, it’s one of those misses in life. Could happen to any one of us.”

Feinstein authored the assault weapons ban that was law 1994 through 2004. A similar ban she introduced failed in 2013 after 26 children and adults were murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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5 comments

  • Push To Talk

    The Dems want our guns more than life itself. What’s that tell you?
    Obama tried “fast and furious” to use as the excuse to ban gun, but he got busted and the plan leaked out.
    Now just a few months into Trump’s presidency a mass attack and a story full of inconsistencies.
    Gee…..even a blind man can see whats really going on here.

  • Chris

    I like guns and don’t vote Republican much. More of a maturity and mental health problem then tool problem. Nobody was calling to ban heavier cars because they can mow more people down.

  • The truth just needed to be said. part 1

    Good its not a gun issue
    Sice the election the left has organised several hate groups such as Antifa and BLM, the new black panthers, the NFL.
    They have record of attacking trump supporters.Its a proven fact.
    They have instilled hatred for our police. They attack homes and businesses. They protest (and latter riot) at Republican functions and shut them down, depriving them of the first amendment rights. The refuse conservation speakers permits at large venues.
    How many people wearing Trumps hats or shirts have been assaulted and beaten?
    How much of our history has left destroyed in the last months ? petitions created to ban the american flag ? Who else destroyed all historical remnants of an a peoples history? ISIS destroyed anything of a nations past when they concurred lands.
    They shut down shipping ports.
    No it’s not guns. it’s hateful people. All but one of the mass murders in the past few years have been leftists ( communists or Marxists)
    How may highways shut down while peopled died not being able to reach medical help?
    No it’s not guns ( even machine guns) that are the root cause of this hatred division.
    The race baiters came first and created the anti police moment. The media is spending 24 hours a day working Hillry bck into the spot light.
    Paul Ryan already killed the hearing protection act based only on the most ignorant statement Hilary has ever lied about.
    No its not gun, it’s the left to divide the nation. Conquer and divide. Can’t do that without first disarm their intended victims. for 40 years the Dems have never stopped working to violate the second amendment.
    It will never be time to ban guns, only politicians who violate their oath office should be banned from public service. how does Maxine waters ( who represents the poorest district in her state and a district she does live in.) who din’t have a pot to pee in become a multi millionaire?How does Sharpton owe millions in taxes and walks free. ?

    A big shot was fired from CBS for tweeting she had no sympathy for the dead of wounded because most country music fans are republicans. She wasn’t fired for her hateful views, only because her hatred got the best of her and her sense of entitlement so strong she dared tweet her hate speech.
    Do you hear Republicans talking like that? burning? looting ? killing” (Vegas shooter confirmed liberal;)
    Its simple, we are Simpy better people. Our hearts are filled with respect, love and Gods grace. All qualities the left hates.
    The hollytard elite, from behind their gated community and armed body guards have decreed the average american should not own guns. No second amendment rights ( they have already taken the first amendment away from us
    Imagine if Hilary was our president. no due process, no respect for the bil of rights. Guns would already be ban and the number of victims would have soared.
    To me it all points back to the Democrats We ( with the exception of Rinos) We are better people than the left.

    More to come