U.S. Senator Bob Menendez condemned this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed more than 30 people and injured dozens more.
“It’s past time that we do more than offer our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims and their families and communities. It’s time we make them safer,” he said. “And we can do that. We just need our colleagues to break away from the shackles of the NRA.”
Speaking to reporters following an unrelated event in Camden, the senator outlined several gun safety measures that Congress could immediately take action on.
“The President and Republicans in Congress are paralyzed by the NRA,” Sen. Menendez said, noting common-sense gun safety measures that he said Washington should act upon, including universal background checks that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and individuals with mental illness; and bans on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.
“These are the types of measures that can save lives,” Menendez said.
Menendez criticized President Trump, saying, “the President’s remarks consistently raise the level of intolerance in our country, and instead of being the great uniter, he is the ultimate divider.”
As a response to the Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed a dozen people, Menendez introduced the Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act in June to ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of gun silencers or suppressors.
Earlier this year, Menendez introduced the Keep Americans Safe Act to ban high-capacity magazines that can hold more than ten rounds and the Stopping the Traffic in Overseas Proliferation of Ghost Guns Act, which would block the Trump Administration’s efforts to weaken regulations on 3D gunss. He also cosponsored the Assault Weapons Ban and the Background Check Expansion Act.
Menendez introduced the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the 3D printing of firearms and has continued to encourage social media platforms to stay vigilant about the dissemination of this content.
He also sponsored legislation that would close the gun show loophole, outlaw “bump stocks” and other devices that make semiautomatic weapons fully automatic, prevent those on the Terror Watch List from purchasing guns, and improve access to mental health and addiction treatment.