Harry Reid Invokes His Father’s Suicide While Speaking About Gun Control On The Senate Floor

The gun control debate, as we’ve seen, is an always-contentious, often-ugly one. On Tuesday, though, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also made a very personal argument. While speaking about gun legislation on the Senate floor, Reid invoked his father, who committed suicide in 1972.

“Sometimes people in a fit of passion will purchase a handgun to do bad things with it, Mr. President, even as my dad did, kill themselves,” Reid said. “Waiting a few days helps.”

Pausing for a moment, Reid went on to note that they aren’t asking for a three-day waiting period, but that background checks are simply “common sense,” which is evident in the polling that shows more than 90 percent of Americans supporting the measure.

Reid again called out the Republicans who have threatened to filibuster gun legislation, asking them to stop trying to “shut down debate.”

Take a look, via C-SPAN:

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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