MANHATTAN, NY — While most New Yorkers try to enjoy the tail end of the summer season, a handful of United States Democratic lawmakers cut their break short and headed back to Washington DC, hoping to make headway on a gun safety bill.
All in response to back to back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio less than two weeks ago that left at least 31 people dead and dozens injured.
A handful of senators met with White House officials Wednesday to talk about gun legislation.
On Tuesday, House Democrats put pressure on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to take action on a bipartisan bill that requires background checks for all firearm sales.
But McConnell has said he will not call the Senate back into session early.
Filipino former New York City deputy inspector Edward Carrasco knows first hand the importance of federal gun laws.
“Most of the guns that are being used to commit in New York City actually come from out of state. They usually come from states with more relaxed gun laws like Pennsylvania where guns are cheaper and a lot easier to obtain.”
New York state has one of the strongest gun control laws in the country. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law recently a ban on bump stocks and extended the waiting period on any applications being reviewed by the FBI to 30 days.
But states still have a provision in their state constitutions which protects citizens the right to keep and bear arms.
Some Filipino Americans BA spoke to in Texas believe that the El Paso shooter could have been stopped sooner if other people had their firearms.
“Sometimes having a licensed gun being wielded by a person who is actually trained to use it may stop gun violence or it could create more panic. So there’s certain shooting situations like the one in Florida, in a nightclub, where you have more people with guns, nobody would have known who the shooter is and if you have all of those registered gun owners pulling out their guns, nobody knows who’s shooting whom.”
According to Giffords Law Center, a policy organization working on reducing gun violence, 36,000 Americans are killed by guns each year that’s about 100 people per day, and 100,000 more are shot and injured each year.
Despite criticisms and possible fallout with the national rifle association over exploring gun safety bill reform, President Donald Trump and White House officials are continuing talks with lawmakers to respond to growing calls to truly stop the pressing problem of gun violence.