Tennessee Democratic Party chair Mary Mancini called on supporters of background checks to make themselves "impossible to ignore" in the continued debate over proper gun buying procedures.
"After every horrific tragedy in this country we try to turn our sadness into action. Each time we hope that some measure of common sense gun safety reforms will be enacted to save lives. Sadly, the NRA won't allow Republicans to work with Democrats to take responsible action.
The bottom line is that universal background checks are the responsible thing to do. They will save lives and make our communities safer places to live and work. As supporters of background checks and other common sense gun safety reforms, we must make ourselves impossible to ignore and we continue to work day and night to ensure that our top priority is the welfare and safety of everyone."
Meanwhile, Republicans in Tennessee are also voicing concern. U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn. Congress) released the following statement after voting for amendments authored by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), which would allow law enforcement to stop terrorists from purchasing guns and improve the background check system, respectively.
"I strongly believe that terrorists, criminals, and those adjudicated mentally ill should not be able to obtain firearms and that we must protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans," said Corker. "I supported the Cornyn amendment to notify law enforcement immediately when anyone investigated for terrorism in the past five years attempts to buy a gun, and allow federal law enforcement to stop suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and explosives while respecting due process. I also supported the Grassley amendment to improve the background check system."