House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said members of Congress who would “stand in front of a child” to prevent them from being shot should show “the same courage” and block gun-control critics.
“Protect children, not guns. Who among us in the House and the Senate — I don’t think anyone — would not stand in front of a child to protect that child or those children from gun violence,” Pelosi asked on Capitol Hill at a press conference with activist organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“So, we are asking them to have the same courage to stand in the way of those who would prevent gun-violence prevention legislation from going forward,” Pelosi continued. “Have the political courage to get it done.”
Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has proposed legislation banning “assault weapons” in the Senate, joined Pelosi and other lawmakers at the event.
“I need America to rise up,” Feinstein said. “There has never been a public poll done that hasn’t shown that a majority of people in this country want assault weapons contained and yet it is so difficult to accomplish that.”
“I think if the moms of America can stand up in the Midwest, in the South, in the North, in the East and in the West, we can do this.”