Dem Rep Sheila Jackson Lee Blames Spike in Gun Violence on Republicans

Thursday on MSNBC, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said the spike in gun violence was “attributable” to the inability of Republicans to pass “sensible gun safety laws.”

Partial transcript as follows:

JACKSON LEE: It is a question of how their record will reflect upon American values and being adherent to the gun lobby and not being able to look at laws to see how they protect us, how they bring down crime rates and, by the way, our crime rates are down. There is violence but there’s violence because there’s a proliferation of guns, which the gun lobby will not allow universal background checks —

VELSHI: Statistically there has been an increase in gun violence in the last years.

JACKSON LEE: In gun violence — but it is attributable somewhat to the lack of Republicans and the gun lobby to look at sensible gun safety laws.

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