Fresno congressman calls for Senate to take up gun legislation after deadly mass shooting at football party

Fresno congressman calls for Senate to take up gun legislation after deadly mass shooting at football party
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A California Democrat is calling for the Senate to take up gun control measures passed by the House after a mass shooting in his district Sunday night.

Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaRace for House ag chair heats up Business groups scramble to forge ties amid race for House Agriculture chair OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees | Peterson loss prompts scramble for House Agriculture chair MORE (D-Calif.), who represents Fresno, tweeted that his "thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," while adding that "as a community and a country, thoughts and prayers are not enough!"

"We have passed meaningful bipartisan gun safety legislation this year in Congress that Sen Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves two energy regulators, completing panel On The Money: Biden announces key members of economic team | GOP open to Yellen as Treasury secretary, opposed to budget pick | GAO: Labor Department 'improperly presented' jobless data Senate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary MORE [R-Ky.] refuses to bring up in the Senate," Costa tweeted. "This plague of gun violence in our country, as we continue to witness, knows no boundaries. We must come together to bring rational and practical solutions to support our local communities throughout our nation."

Four people were killed Sunday night in a shooting at a football party in Costa's district, and the gunman has not been apprehended.


Democrats have hammered McConnell for months over a so-called legislative graveyard in the Senate, as Democratic-passed bills out of the House have largely piled up in the Senate as the GOP-controlled Senate, led by McConnell as majority leader, refuses to allow votes on bills that do not have President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE's support.

"Leader McConnell ought to allow debate and amendments immediately — which Democrats would welcome — on commonsense, House-passed bills on democracy reform, combating the gun violence epidemic, health care, and so much more," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement in April.

The Democratic-controlled House has passed at least three gun control-related bills expanding background checks and other measures to control the sale of firearms since taking power in January.