The DNC is really outraged at something Jeb Bush said today about guns and they put out a pretty blistering statement ripping him for it.
Bush talked about guns today in Miami and said “the federal government shouldn’t be involved in gun laws because the country’s very different.” A spokesperson clarified that Bush simply meant there should be no new federal gun laws.
But regardless, it really outraged the DNC, which put a short (read: stripped of context) clip of it on Twitter:
Bush saying the federal government shouldn't be involved in gun laws is so extreme we need to show you the video: pic.twitter.com/HoVII4MwOG
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) September 1, 2015
And they followed up with a fiery statement from Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who said that Bush and other Republicans should “stop excusing the murders of our neighbors as the inevitable price we pay for constitutional liberties.”
Here’s the statement in full:
In claiming that there is no role for the federal government in regulating gun safety, Jeb Bush is insisting that Americans simply must accept future violence and leave a response to the possibility of a state-by-state solution. I am speechless.
Republicans like Jeb Bush should put the wishes of the American people, who demand action like universal background checks, ahead of the endorsement of special interest groups. They must stop excusing the murders of our neighbors as the inevitable price we pay for constitutional liberties. Geography should not determine whether one has basic protections from gun violence.
There is much we must do to address gun violence in this nation, and the federal government must play a role in making that happen. Recently my colleague Senator Chris Murphy (CT) asserted that Congress’ silence in the wake of mass shootings amounts to complicity. To remain silent or to discourage action is to be complicit in the future shootings that will occur.
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