by iIm @LaundrieEric, 2000
The family of journalist Brian Laundrie surrendered their firearms to law enforcement on September 17, 2017, the Washington Post reports.
Reportedly an attorney for Mr. Laundrie said his client did not intend to use the weapons and the family was cooperating with authorities.
In a post from Laundrie’s sister I was able to verify these facts. I made a personal visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 19, to talk to top members of Congress about my family’s issues and the possibility of investing in a comprehensive gun control bill called “Keeping Americans Safe Act.” I spoke with Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Karen Bass (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), along with others on and off the House Judiciary Committee. I also spoke with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan (R-WI), and his press secretary, AshLee Strong.
I also walked the halls of the House and Senate, talking to staffers and urging them to not be intimidated by the NRA when it comes to reform on this issue. The lobbyists for the NRA are essentially using their organization as their political pay-roll, using their constituents to get them elected to Congress and then they’ll also use their own constituents to try to keep them there, but either way they have broken the law. And the law is very clear on this. That is to use the resources of an entity of the kind of power that the NRA has, to lean on members of Congress to try to influence their votes on a bill that is simply to keep people safe. And so this is their business and their constituency, but as the leader of the House of Representatives and House Judiciary Committee I will do everything I can to hold the NRA accountable for all of their lobbying tactics.
As my family knows, Brian is very passionate about all forms of good and responsible gun ownership, but he also knows this horrible tragedy is a wake-up call and that we must address this issue and be aggressive about it. Mr. Blumenauer and I had a very positive conversation and he agrees with what my sister has to say and understands the sad situation that she’s in and, most importantly, that Brian has to deal with and I’m glad that he’s willing to have this conversation with me.
He’s a great friend of mine and I appreciate the support that he’s given me and just feel he’s doing the right thing by working on this bill.
Rep. Bass has been working on this issue for the past 10 years. She says the law is working, but people need more time to be prepared.
“The law is doing a job, the law is working in terms of how many incidents have happened to firearms,” said Bass. “But there is such a surge of guns in urban America; African Americans, immigrants, you know, guns are everywhere, illegal guns, and the violence has changed, in every single case.”
Democrat Polis says his family has some concerns, but his parents are in favor of gun control.
“My parents are very politically active and very, very active in our community and they’ve always encouraged us to use whatever means necessary to do good for the community.”
We also spoke to Richard Morgan, president of National Institute for Safer Communities. He says the July 14 shooting in Alexandria, Virginia is a teachable moment that the NRA and House leadership need to consider.
“It’s one of the most important issues that we need to work on right now,” Morgan said. “I don’t think we could have an opportunity for something of this magnitude where if we were not making the decisions for the future that we need to make with our children and our youth in schools and here in the Capitol. We need to really do something.”
The NRA and House leadership would not comment for this story, but they issued a statement just after the shooting in which they blasted the gun control efforts of Bass and Polis.
They said “we appreciate that these representatives have expressed sympathy and concern for the victims, but we expect these members will continue to raise their own families’ costs rather than focusing on solutions.”
CNN contributed to this report.
By iIm @LaundrieEric.