Brown: McConnell should bring Senate back into session to pass background checks

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWhite House on Cleveland Indians' name change: 'We certainly support their change of name' Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Social media reacts with praise, derision for Cleveland Guardians name MORE (D-Ohio) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHas Trump beaten the system? Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony MORE (R-Ky.) to bring the upper chamber back into session to pass a universal background check bill in the wake of two mass shootings that killed at least 29 people in less than 24 hours.

“We wake up to grief and sadness about these victims and these families, but it pretty quickly turns to anger that our government hasn’t done anything,” Brown told CBS's Major Garrett on "Face the Nation."

“Mitch McConnell should bring us back into session on Monday. ... The president needs to sign this bill,” Brown said. “We know that background checks worked. We know that a ban on assault weapons worked. ... Those are the first two things we should do.”

At least 20 people were killed and 26 others wounded when a gunman reportedly espousing racist views opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday. Early Sunday morning, a shooting in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, killed at least nine people.


When Garrett asked Brown about Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE’s (R-S.C.) support in the wake of the shootings for so-called “red flag” bills, Brown said such measures were insufficient without background checks and an assault weapons ban, adding, “Of course people who have stood with the NRA in their careers will start to deflect into something else.”

Garrett asked Brown how he would respond to those who say the measures he supports would not avert all or most mass shootings.

“They’re not going to stop every one of those. No one’s ever contended they will,” Brown said, adding, “Background checks work. We know that.”

He also noted that the shooter in Dayton was believed to have killed nine people in less than 30 seconds before he was shot by police.

“That says that the police of Dayton are terrific,” Brown said. But it also indicates “he had enough ammunition to kill potentially a hundred or 200 people, and that’s why you ban the assault weapons.”