MIAMI CBSMiami) – Those gathered at a rally in Southwest Miami-Dade on Sunday night hoped to put pressure on lawmakers for reform to the nation’s gun laws.
“If you’re angry, frustrated, heartbroken, then let me hear you say enough,” one student said.
The main goal is to put pressure on senators to return to Capitol Hill to draft a bill and vote. The House Judiciary Committee has already said it will return early from August recess to vote on three gun violence reform bills. After two recent mass shootings, Republican Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will address gun control once they return to Washington D.C.
Democratic lawmakers like the congresswoman talked about how gun violence personally impacted them. State Representative Dotie Joseph said two relatives were killed from gun violence. She wants action now.
“Listen, thoughts and prayers are nice but they’re a cop-out. Faith without works is dead,” Joseph said.
Shortly after the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump tweeted both sides should roll immigration reform and stricter background checks into one legislative package. They will now wait and see if they will get the changes they want.