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Rep. Tim Ryan: 'No Question' NRA Behind Gun Control Law Impasse

Rep. Tim Ryan: 'No Question' NRA Behind Gun Control Law Impasse
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By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:27 PM

The National Rifle Association is behind the impasse in getting gun control laws passed, Rep. Tim Ryan, who has returned the campaign contributions the powerful group donated to his own efforts, said Tuesday.

"There's no question about it," Ryan told CNN's "New Day" program.

"Seventy percent to 80 percent of the American people are supporting a universal background check, and we can't get a vote on some of these things."

For example, he said, the Centers for Disease Control are not able to study gun violence as a public health issue.

"They (the NRA) talk about they want more mental health coverage, yet the Republicans they support in Congress now have tried to throw 20 million people off of healthcare," said Ryan.

"Many of these people would qualify for some kind of mental health treatment. This goes on and on. There's no innovation coming out of the Republican Party. We have a logjam."

Following the shootings in Parkland, Florida last week, young people from that school have been protesting loudly. Ryan called them a "force to be reckoned with," and he believes they will be "game changers in the debate."

He also said he thinks that because the students who are speaking up grew up in an era of social media and recording their own videos, they feel comfortable and articulate in front of a camera, and they are able to reach people in ways that have not been seen before.

Meanwhile, Ryan, an avid hunter, said he and other honest, law-abiding hunters are very concerned about gun safety.

"Just a few weeks ago, I was hunting with our son and several other people, duck hunting," said Ryan. "Those are good people. They need to be at the table and need to help push organizations like the NRA to make something happen.

Ryan on Tuesday also talked about a push to bring venture capitalists from New York and California into the midwest so they can encourage them to make investments.

"We're going to start in Youngstown, Ohio and go to Akron, go to Detroit and Flint, Michigan, and over to South Bend to try to bring these venture capitalists and their money and investment into the midwest," he said.

"We're making the argument, acknowledging the fact that 80 percent of venture capital money goes to three states, California, New York and Massachusetts, and only four percent goes into the midwest."

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