Wicker and Senate leaders seek to address gun violence

Legislation to address gun violence is being discussed on Capitol Hill. After the deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, Senator Roger Wicker said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked a group of Senate committee chairman to consider bipartisan, bicameral legislation to address gun violence.

“Gayle and I were horrified to hear of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, and we grieve for the victims and their families,” said Wicker. “We unequivocally condemn these acts of violence and the bigotry, hatred, and cowardice that motivated them. Were it not for the bravery of the first responders, more innocent lives would have been lost. We thank the heroes in law enforcement and those on the scene who ran into harm’s way, saving lives.”

After President Trump called upon Congress to address gun violence and Wicker said Senate Republicans are now taking action.

“This afternoon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked Chairman Graham of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Alexander of the Senate HELP Committee, and me to work within our jurisdictions to help protect communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights,” said Wicker. “It will be important for any solution we consider to be able to pass the Senate and the House and earn the president’s signature.”