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'Tired of meaningless words': Oregon lawmakers react to mass shootings

August 4, 2019
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The horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have reignited the gun debate in America. The topic was front and center Sunday at Democratic Senator Ron Wyden's planned town hall in Beaverton.

"When it comes to gun violence, which, of course, has hit Oregon too often, Oregonians are tired of meaningless words. What they want is meaningful action," Wyden said. "And it all has to start on the floor of the United States Senate. And that’s what I’m going to be pushing for."

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat who serves Oregon's 1st District, called on McConnell via Twitter to "immediately schedule a vote."

Bonamici was calling on a vote for the bill, H.R.8, known as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would create new background check requirements for gun transfers between unlicensed individuals.