Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘Don’t Condemn the Gangbangers’ - We Need Gun Legislation

By Eric Scheiner | April 15, 2013 | 11:58am EDT

 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) March 10, 2011 (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) -While pushing for more gun control legislation on the House floor, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said, “Don’t condemn the gangbangers, they’ve got guns that are trafficked.”

Jackson Lee took the House floor on April 9 to argue in favor of increased gun control legislation, “Don’t condemn the gangbangers, they’ve got guns that are trafficked -- that are not enforced, that are straw purchased and they come into places even that have strong gun laws."

“Why? Because we don’t have sensible gun legislation.”

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Jackson Lee continued by saying that current gun laws need to be enforced,  “I’m going to agree with my friends on the other side of the isle. Our Republican friends, let’s enforce the gun laws that we have - - who would run away from that. That’s a sensible proposition. Put a resolution on the floor of the House - - let’s enforce gun laws that we have.”

The Senate is expected to vote this week on a gun bill proposed by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The bill would expand background checks to private sales between individuals at gun shows and over the Internet.

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