Tim Ryan: Senate Must Have Moral Courage to Act to Protect Our Kids, Families, Communities

Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to news that the Senate will not take up legislation to stem our nation’s gun violence epidemic after a mass shooter killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas:

“As a dad and the husband of a first-grade teacher, my heart breaks for the entire community of Uvalde. No parent should ever have to wonder whether their kid will come home safe from school, no child should ever have to learn in fear, and no teacher should have to risk their life to educate their students.

“But while we mourn the 21 Americans murdered in another entirely preventable attack, I am beyond frustrated that the legislation we passed out of the House continue to stall in the Senate, held hostage by the filibuster and by politicians who refuse to do the right thing. This isn’t about penalizing gun owners—it’s about having the moral courage to keep our kids, our families, and our communities safe. It’s literally a matter of life and death and the Senate must act.”

Tim has repeatedly cosponsored legislation and voted to pass legislation to keep guns out of dangerous hands, including most recently last year, when he voted for the Enhanced Background Checks Act and Bipartisan Background Checks Act, neither of which made it to a vote in the Senate. You can read more about his gun violence prevention priorities here.