Five Republicans voted for the bill: Representatives. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, and Chris Jacobs of New York. Two Democrats – MPs. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon – voted against.
“We’re on a crusade for the kids, and – unfortunately now – by the kids. The kids are testifying on the committee,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a House floor debate, referring to the fourth-grade student at Robb Elementary Waters. Cirillo. , who gave a videotaped testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. “America has lost more children to gun violence than to any other cause. Does that embarrass you? To think that in our country, more children died from gun violence than any other cause? These stories are tragically common in America today.”
Pelosi in her dear colleague’s letter requested that fellow Democrats be present in the chamber during the chamber debate, but about a quarter of the party group was present when the debate began.
House Republicans criticized the legislation, calling the package a violation of Americans’ rights.
“Here they come—the pursuit of Second Amendment freedoms for law-abiding citizens,” Ohio Representative. Jim Jordan said. “The speaker started by saying that this bill is about protecting our children. This is important… That’s what she said, ‘Protecting our children is important.’ Yes, it is. But this bill does not do that. What this bill does is take away amendment rights. Second, the rights granted by God, which our constitution protects from law-abiding American citizens. That’s what this legislation does, and that’s why we must oppose it.”
Prior to the debate, the House took a procedural vote that was also deemed to have been passed by the Democratic Representative. Jamal Bowman of New York condemned the mass shooting of buffaloes, deciding that “Great Replacement as a white supremacist conspiracy theory, reaffirming the House’s commitment to combating white supremacy, hate, and racial injustice.” His resolution also called on “many individuals in positions of power and media organizations with well-known public platforms” who have “contributed to the normalization and legitimization of the basic tenets of the Great Replacement Theory”.
When asked why he didn’t insist on a separate vote on his decision, Bowman said, “The bottom line for us is that the resolution gets passed, no matter what.”
“It’s really important for Congress to take a stand,” he said.