Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called US gun makers’ profits “a thing more important to lobbyists and the gun industry than children and houses of faith” in searing remarks made Wednesday during the House Oversight Committee hearing.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez asked several questions of witnesses, including Rebecca Pringle, president of the National Education Association, before claiming that major gun manufacturers in America made “blood money” from the deaths of schoolchildren and other victims of gun violence.
“Do you see a link between gun profits and gun deaths in the United States?” the congresswoman asked Nick Suplina of Everytown for Gun Safety.
“Yes,” he replied.
“This is about blood money,” the congressman replied.
Wednesday’s hearing largely rocked back and forth between Democrats who called for action against gun violence, including restrictions on firearms possession, including a ban on AR-15s, and Republicans who insisted that a response to massacres in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo , New York continued to focus on arming teachers and school staff, strengthening safety in schools, and addressing the availability of mental health care in America.
The Democrat-controlled House has passed a handful of bills related to gun restrictions and school safety in recent months, but all have stalled in the evenly divided Senate. Members of the Senate are now meeting to draft compromise legislation that is unlikely to include a ban on assault weapons, but could include some concessions from Republicans.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez languished Wednesday in her criticism of the gun industry and Republicans and has echoed similar sentiments in other recent statements.
“Politicians who insist you don’t politicize mass shootings, made possible by the horrific policies THEY take [money] to maintain are really just saying you have to accept them. But it is not acceptable. And they are the ones who are politicking by opposing the common sense laws that have been widely agreed by the public,” she tweeted in late May after the Uvalde shooting.
Media reports in recent years have revealed how gun sales tend to soar after mass shootings, with gun store owners telling journalists that sales are often driven by fears of Democrat-led efforts, even if mostly imaginary, to get guns into their hands. to confiscate. AR-15 sales rose in particular after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting as calls grew to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.