House Minority Leader Pelosi joins gun control advocates to call on Congress to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined gun control advocates on Capitol Hill on Thursday (December 10) to call on Congress to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases. "We have many moments of silence on the floor of the House but we must not remain silent," Pelosi said. Many of the gun control advocates flanking Pelosi were members of the Newtown Action Alliance, which was formed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 28 people dead, most of them children. "You have failed to keep us safe. We are sick and tired of your inaction," Po Murray, co-founder of the Newtown Action Alliance. "Americans are getting shot and killed everywhere and anywhere in our streets in our homes schools colleges models movie theaters workplaces and places of worship. Too many of us are affected by gun violence and more of us feel less safe." The press conference took place ahead of the third anniversary of the Newtown shootings. Gun sales have surged after the massacre of 14 people in California last week, following a pattern that has grown more common in recent years as high-profile mass shootings spur firearms sales as well as calls for gun control measures. Last Thursday (December 3), just one day after the shooting, Senate Democrats who tried to force a vote on an effort to increase background checks on gun buyers met with such intense Republican opposition that the measure never made it to the floor.