Democrats Call On Republicans for Gun Control Action After Maine Tragedy

In Lewistown, Maine, a somber cloud hangs over the community as they grapple with the aftermath of a tragic event. A gunman unleashed chaos in a local bowling alley and bar, resulting in a devastating toll: dozens injured and a grim count of at least 18 lives lost. This horrifying incident stands as the most recent addition to the nation’s long list of mass shootings.

Heartbreaking Tragedy

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In the wake of this heart-wrenching tragedy, Democratic lawmakers in Washington have once again raised their voices in a call for stricter gun control measures. While condolences pour in from politicians on both sides of the aisle for the victims and their families, some insist that mere words are not enough. They urge Congress to unite and enact meaningful reforms, such as comprehensive background checks, an assault weapons ban, and the implementation of red flag laws to prevent individuals who pose a threat from acquiring firearms.

“Another American community has been shattered by the scourge of gun violence,” declared Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on social media. She implores both Congress and the Administration to take immediate, common-sense actions to curb gun violence and save lives.

Susan Collins

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On the Senate floor, Maine Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, delivered a heartfelt address on Thursday, branding the shooting as a “dark day for our state.” With deep sorrow in her voice, she lamented the tragic loss of life, with at least 18 Mainers perishing and numerous others wounded, painting it as the most horrific mass shooting ever to befall their state. After her Senate remarks, Collins promptly journeyed back to Maine to confront the aftermath head-on.

In the wake of the calamity, Senator Collins engaged in discussions with President Joe Biden, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and Attorney General Merrick Garland on the necessary response to this devastating rampage.

Senator Angus King, an Independent from Maine, participated in a call with President Biden, who extended federal support and resources to Maine. Senator King too departed from Washington on Thursday afternoon, hastening his return to the state.

Republicans Weigh In

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Meanwhile, on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York decried the shooting as “senseless,” while Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky expressed being “devastated” by the tragic news.

Democratic senators also weighed in on the situation, offering condolences and advocating for actions to combat gun violence in the nation. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan took to social media to express her heartbreak for Maine and emphasized the need for more comprehensive efforts to address gun violence.

Senator Patty Murray from Washington conveyed her sympathies to the afflicted community in Lewiston, Maine, and called for decisive action to prevent such tragedies from recurring in the United States.

Despite the tragedy in Maine, many Senate Republicans, including McConnell, have staunchly opposed gun regulations and safety measures. Some GOP members even advocate repealing bipartisan gun control laws. Amidst the sorrow, few lawmakers discussed how to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats to turn condolences into meaningful action.

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