As the fight for gun reform gains momentum and a growing number of businesses cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), Republicans are suddenly realizing that they are in the wrong side of the argument and are scrambling to rectify their stance in the debate over mass shootings and guns.
On Friday, nineteen House Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, urging him to hold a vote on a bill that pushes for stronger background checks on those seeking to buy firearms.
“Let us pass this legislation next week and take an important step toward making our Country safer from gun violence,” the letter reads, , according to POLITICO.
“Background checks are the first line of defense in law enforcement’s efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and those deemed dangerously mentally ill,” Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), one of the signers of the letter to Ryan, said in a statement.
The letter concludes that the bill would improve communication between state and local agencies when handling background checks.
The long-running debate over reducing gun violence has taken on extra momentum since a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Students around the country have mobilized in an effort to pressure President Donald Trump and lawmakers to do more to protect schools and prevent attacks.