WASHINGTON – Tuesday, on the U.S. House floor, Illinois Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) broke with Republican ranks "because thoughts and prayers are not enough" in response to the Orlando shooting. Dold, said it is time for congressional action.
He called on several measures to come before Congress, including three gun control measures he is co-sponsoring with Democrat colleagues.
"At home we cannot allow the tired partisan bickering to distract us from the difficult but necessary work of preventing gun violence. We need to bring the partisan divide and put the best interests of country before politics," Dold said.
He then called for universal background checks prior to firearm purchases, notification to local law enforcement when a gun purchaser fails a background check, and a measure to prevent domestic abusers from legally obtaining firearms.
Dold is in a tight race in November with liberal Democrat Brad Schneider.