On Thursday, following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling as well as the shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers, the Congressional Black Caucus demanded gun control.
“If we fail to act, this will be a long hot summer,” said Rep. G.K Butterfield [D-North Carolina], the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Butterfield said to keep guns out of the hands of “would be criminals,” the United States should “require background checks for those seeking to purchase firearms.”
“We need legislative action now,” Butterfield added.
He then called for Republicans to have a debate on gun violence. “Give us an up or down vote on our legislation on gun violence,” Butterfield said.
The Congressional Black Caucus called for legislation to prevent gun violence. In addition, they called for the ban on military grade assault weapons.