Pelosi And Speier Vow To Pass Gun Control Legislation In The House

Scott Lettieri
December 10, 2018 - 11:01 am

SAN FRANCISCO — "It's stunning to me that we can take romaine lettuce off the shelves because 55 people get sick, but 30,000 people can die each year, and we can't do anything about it." 

That's how Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) summed up her feelings about the current state of gun control in the United States, as she and her Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) attended an interfaith vigil to honor victims of gun violence on Sunday afternoon at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco.

After the new Democratic majority is seated in the House in 2019, they vowed to pass what Pelosi called "common-sense legislation" that would require universal background checks and close loopholes on sales at gun shows.

"We come to another vigil, this time with a promise that we will pass the bill that we have asked for of our Republican colleagues for a long time," said Pelosi, who expects to become  the next House speaker. "It's a special honor to be here with my colleague Congresswoman Jackie Speier. She turned her experience [as a victim of gun violence> into action, and we're going to pass legislation in this new Congress."

Speier was a congressional aide when she was shot and left for dead by followers of Jim Jones after visiting the cult leader in Guyana in 1978.

She's determined to see the legislation finally become law, although Republican control of the Senate and President Trump in the White House may be unlikely to support the Democrats' bills. 

"We have a new Congress, we have a new Speaker of the House in Nancy Pelosi, and we're going to change this model so that people can see that action can actually take place," she said. 

Written by Diana Shook.