This week’s unfortunate events, which led to the death of multiple police officers, reminded once again, if needed, that the United States are in desperate need of more strict gun control. Considering this, the Congressional Black Caucus had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, in an attempt to renew their plea for more measures, including a ban on assault weapons, says NBC News.
The Congress needs to take action!
“The two acts of murder this week must be addressed by law enforcement and it must be addressed by the Congress of the United States. If we fail to act this will be a long hot summer,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield , Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Butterfield and several members declared that the shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana are the best examples of how big this problem is and accessing guns in America shouldn’t be so easy.
“If this Congress does not have the guts to lead, then we are responsible for all the bloodshed on the streets of America whether it be at the hands of people wearing a uniform or whether it’s at the hands of criminals, we bear that responsibility if we don’t act,” said Cedric Richmond, representing Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
He was supported by Butterfield, who added that the Black Caucus is ready to take their advocacy to a higher level.
Police officers should avoid violence when it’s not needed, says the Black Caucus
During a press conference organized yesterday, the members of the organization also discussed a Death in Custody Reporting law from 2014, signed by President Obama, which hasn’t been implemented by the Department of Justice yet.
“There needs to be greater training of law enforcement, sometimes I feel maybe not only those of us engaging in non-violent protests but police officers need to be taught way of peace, love, non-violence,” said Rep. John Lewis, from Georgia.