Senate Democrats plan to force a vote on keeping guns out of the hands of people convicted of violating laws protecting the entrances of health care clinics.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has introduced the amendment, which would ban gun ownership by people who have been convicted of misdemeanors under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, a 1994 law meant to prevent violence and harassment at abortion clinics.
Reid’s amendment is a response to the mass shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic but after the mass shooting at a center for the developmentally disabled in California, the idea of keeping guns out of the hands of people who have been convicted of crimes has never been more timely.
Senate Democrats are going to make Republicans defend their all guns all the time for everyone attitude. Republicans and their gun industry backers have gotten away not being held accountable for too long. Republicans are going to have to go on the record, and explain to the families of mass shooting victims why they are voting against a common sense step to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
After another shooting outside of a women’s clinic in Houston, TX, the time to act is now. Every day that Republicans waste equals 24 hours where innocent Americans are at risk of being victimized by gun violence.