Congressman calls gun violence 'daily epidemic' in weekly address

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WASHINGTON (GRAY TV) -- Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) gave the weekly address for Democrats this week.

He began the address by talking about the shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and more than 500 hurt.

"All because an evil, disturbed man was able to get his hands on a dozen deadly weapons and turned on a crowd of innocent," said Lewis.

He went on to mention Newton, Charleston, Aurora and Orlando: four other locations of mass shootings in recent history.

"Gun violence is the daily epidemic, a daily drumbeat of tragedy in families and communities across America. Not always on the front pages, but always someone irreplaceable and beloved," he said.

He stated facts of gun violence. He said 90 Americans are killed every day, and every year, more than 30,000 men, women and children are lost to gun violence.

"What would it take for the Republican Congress to wake up? They hold moments of silence and vigils. They offer thoughts and prayers, but they do nothing. And when the media moves on, they peddle the lie that we need more guns to stop violence, and they try to roll back protections that keep our communities safe," said Lewis.

He called a current Republican bill, "radical and dangerous."

"[It] would open the floodgates to silencers and armor-piercing bullets," he said.

He said the solution is for Republicans and Democrats to work together to pass the bipartisan "King-Thompson bill." Lewis said the bill would strengthen background checks, if passed.

His third request is to ban the sale of "bump-stocks."

"[It's] a deadly tool that enables a shooter to spray murderous, automatic fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds a minute, just as the shooter in Las Vegas did," said Lewis.

His final request is to create a bipartisan committee on gun violence to look at gun violence and figure out ways to prevent it.

"But Republicans have not lifted a finger. They have not done one single thing to combat this crisis and worse they are refusing to even begin a bipartisan process to address the gun violence epidemic," he said.

He ended the address by saying it's their job as congressmen, regardless of political party, to bring common-sense gun legislation to a vote.

You can watch President Donald Trump's weekly address here: President Trump reflects on Vegas shooting in weekly address.