PEORIA, Ill. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) is joining politicians across the country in urging Congress to go back into session after two mass shootings took place last weekend.
Davis said he is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call lawmakers back to Washington D.C. to talk making “red flag” laws go national. These laws are currently implemented in several states, including Illinois. They allow courts to temporarily confiscate firearms of anyone deemed to be a risk to themselves or others.
“That’s something that needs to happen, that’s something that could’ve affected Dayton, it could’ve affected Parkland, too,” Davis said.
Thursday, Pelosi sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go back into session to discuss gun control bills. McConnell has previously said he will not bring the Senate into a special session.
“I can be back there in a matter of hours,” the Congressman said. “So can virtually every member of the House. Put our red flag bill on the floor.”
Davis also shared his condolences with those impacted by the recent mass shootings.
“My heart goes out to those families who were affected by the killings, and those survivors who I know are going to have the same memories that I have.”
The Congressman was involved in the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting, where a man who opposed Trump opened fire during a Republican baseball practice.
“I’m not the same as I was before we endured 10 minutes of gunfire,” he reflected. “We’ve got to, as policy makers, take a step back and find out what’s going to work and what’s not.”