Rep. Max Rose Wednesday slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a "coward" while calling on him and the Senate to pass the bipartisan Background Checks Act that already has gone through the House.
"Kids right now have to show courage to go to school," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "People have to show courage to go to their faith-based organizations. Mitch Mcconnell, though, is being a coward in the halls of Congress, and it's absurd. I believe he's going to suffer the consequences for this when he goes before his own voters in 2020."
There have been some reports that President Donald Trump has been reaching out to lawmakers such as Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., on the subject of background checks, but Rose said he doesn't think Trump has any real core beliefs in the matter.
"He'll flow with the wind," said Rose. "What I am concerned about, though, is Mitch Mcconnell, and the fact that he is enslaved by the NRA, enslaved by the Republican base. That's really the decisive point here. If Mitch McConnell shows courage for once in his career, and he has the ability to save lives, it is as simple as that. I do hope the president will sign the legislation."
Meanwhile, Rose said that Americans can't lose sight of the fact that in addition to the mass shootings that get national attention, thousands of people are being killed in inner-city America.
"The issue of mass shootings will not be sufficiently addressed without the assault weapons ban, and I fear this is an issue that will have to be settled at the polls," said Rose.
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