Sen. Charles Schumer Calls For Gun Legislation

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Schumer Demands Action From Congress On Gun Legislation

March 04, 2018 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The unprecedented response by students to the Florida school shooting rampage has pushed Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) to make a new demand for action in Congress.

Schumer talked with WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp outside an Upper East Side school Sunday.

"This country cannot turn away from gun violence any longer," Schumer said.

Schumer authorized the Brady Law and co-authored the assault weapons ban that later expired. He now wants a formal assault weapons debate on the Senate floor, background check loopholes closed, and protective orders against those who have no business owning a gun.

He is counting on students to back him.

"So every politician – including (Senate Majority) Leader (Mitch) McConnell and (House) Speaker (Paul) Ryan know that they could lose their elections and lose their majorities if they don’t do something real," Schumer said.

Schumer also tried to pressure the White House.

“If President Trump would say what he said Wednesday and make it clear and lobby McConnell, Ryan and the Republican members of Congress, this would get done," he said.

Alongside Schumer was Hunter College High School senior Aidan Obstler.

"No matter your party, and no matter your state, I urge you to stand with us, and to be on the right side of history," Obstler said.

McConnell said last week that he would shelve the gun debate for now.