Press release: NDP’s Kleeb: Bacon, Flood and Smith disregard the safety of Nebraskans, voting to protect the gun lobby

Nebraska’s Republican House members failed to vote for an assault weapons ban Friday, showing their support for the gun lobby over safety.

“Don Bacon, Mike Flood and Adrian Smith continue to show their blind allegiance to the gun lobby and disregard the safety of Nebraskans,” Chair Kleeb said. “How many people have to die in mass shootings before they get the message?”

Chair Kleeb continued, “President Biden and the Democratic leaders are delivering on the action voters are demanding while the Republicans continue to give excuses for doing nothing to reduce the amount of mass shootings. Our kids deserve to go to school feeling safe. Our grandparents deserve to go to church feeling safe. We all deserve elected officials who care more about us than the next NRA donation.”

Don Bacon took money from the gun lobby five days after the mass shooting in a Buffalo supermarket that killed 10 people and six days after 17 people were injured during a mass shooting in downtown Milwaukee.

BACKGROUND:

The House passed the ban of assault-style weapons Friday by a 217-to-213 vote, separating packages on gun control and policing laws that had been entwined, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Democrats last enacted an assault weapons ban in 1994, but it expired 10 years later. Mass shootings have increased since the assault weapons ban expired. Several research studies have not concluded, per the Washington Post, “the 1994 law was effective in reducing mass-shooting deaths.”

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