Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) discussed President Obama’s recent announcement of a series of administrative actions and Congressional legislation to address gun violence tragedies across our nation with MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts.
Schiff argued that there is a strong chance that the House will pass gun violence prevention legislation.
During the segment, Schiff said:
“I do think this is the time and I think we’re already seeing some of these suburban Republicans being affected by what they're hearing from their constituents who are now are starting to support gun safety that they haven’t supported before. It looks most promising on the universal background checks, but I think we have a shot on both the extended ammunition clips and the assault weapons ban, as well as strengthening the laws that go after gun traffickers.
“There are others who aren't going to step forward – who are moderate GOP Members or suburban GOP Members – who is aren't going to volunteer for this, or co-sponsor an assault weapon ban or a bill to provide universal background checks. But if they actually forced to vote on it, they will do the right thing.
“But if the President is successful – and I think he's got a real chance here – at doing what he does best, going out to the country, over the heads of Congress, persuading them to reach out to their Members of Congress, I think these moderate GOP members and waving Democratic members can be kept in line and we can pass some of these very important measures.”