Pelosi Says Her ‘Political Survival’ Is Not ‘More Important Than the Survival of Our Children’

By CNSNews.com Staff | November 25, 2019 | 4:24pm EST
(Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)
(Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her weekly press briefing last Thursday that neither her “political survival” nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s was “more important than the survival of our children.”

“Our message to Mitch McConnell [was]…why do you think your political survival is more important than the survival of our children?” said Pelosi. “Not yours, not mine, not any of our political survival is more important. And if you're afraid of the NRA, think of how afraid those children are at the prospect and then sometimes the reality of a gunman in their school.”

Pelosi made the statement to build pressure on McConnell to bring up the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act” for a vote in the Senate.

This bill passed the House on Feb. 22 on a 240 to 190 vote. It holds that: “It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to transfer a firearm to any other person who is not so licensed, unless a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer has first taken possession of the firearm for the purpose of complying” with a background check requirement.

Here is an excerpt from Pelosi press conference where she addresses this issue:

“This week, we went over with the background check legislation, commonsense expansion of the background check legislation. 

“I continue to wear this bullet on this bracelet; constant, constant inspiration, not that anybody needs a reminder of the fact that for over 260 days, background check legislation has been sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk.  About 100 people a day die from gun violence.  Could all of them have been saved?  No, but many of them could have. 

“And of that 100, about 47 of them are children – 47 percent of those who die from gun violence each day, 47 percent are teenagers or younger children. 

“Our message to Mitch McConnell, as we delivered again our poster, his reflection: as you look yourself in the mirror, why do you think your political survival is more important than the survival of our children?  Not yours, not mine, not any of our political survival is more important.  And if you're afraid of the NRA, think of how afraid those children are at the prospect and then sometimes the reality of a gunman in their school.”





 

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