Mitch McConnell got back from the hospital after suffering a fall at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, Sunday. Normally, this would not be a cause for anything more than a sympathy card, but for the fact that 30 Americans died this weekend in two gun bloodbaths, and Democrats were eager to cancel the August Senate recess and get gun control legislation passed. Axios:
The big picture: The injury comes as a number of Democrats and some Republicans have called upon McConnell to cancel the Senate’s August recess so that lawmakers can pass gun control legislation in the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings this weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded on Sunday that Senate Republicans put an end to to their “outrageous obstruction,” referencing McConnell’s refusal to bring two background check bills passed in the House this year for a vote on the Senate floor.
Here’s Pelosi’s full statement:
“In less than 24 hours, another American community has been devastated by the tragedy of gun violence. The hearts of all Americans break for the families and friends of those injured and murdered, and our prayers go out to everyone impacted in this latest act of terror. We give thanks for the brave first responders, who rushed into harm’s way to save lives and ensured that everyone received the care and support they needed.
“We cannot allow another family or another community to suffer the pain and anguish of gun violence. We have a responsibility to the people we serve to act. The Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction and join the House to put an end to the horror and bloodshed that gun violence inflicts every day in America. Enough is enough.
“May it be a comfort to the entire Dayton community that so many Americans grieve with and pray for them at this terrible time.”
With all due respect to McConnell, maybe somebody else could handle the matter and business as usual can proceed. Pelosi is right about taking immediate action before more lives are lost.