Sen. Mac Devlin (D-Wisc.) held a press conference in Washington this morning, announcing the creation of a Senate subcommittee to address the need for “more vigorous gun laws” in light of the recent shooting of actor Chelsea Daye at the National Mall two yesterday.
“The tragic events that took place on July 4th at the National Mall, resulting in the death of Miss Daye, only highlight the need for a greater degree of gun control in this country,” the Senator said. “For months I have invited my friends in the Senate, Democrat and Republican, to join me in the creation of a bipartisan committee to research the effects of broader, more vigorous background checks for first-time gun purchasers and annual registration requirements for automatic and semi-automatic weapons.”
Devlin was quick to concede that the man responsible for bringing down the shooter was himself armed, saying that Cpl. Francis Boxer’s possession of a legal firearm for personal use has “little to no bearing” on the matter.
“Sergeant Boxer is nothing less than a hero in the eyes of many Americans, including my own,” Sen. Devlin said, “but his actions of the other day strike me as the exception that has proven the rule for too long.”
The 11-member group, formally dubbed The Bipartisan SubCommittee To Reinvigorate U.S. Gun Laws, is made up of four Democratic lawmakers, four Republican lawmakers, and three representatives of the private sector.
The members are:
Sen. Mac Devlin (D-Wisc), chairman
Tasha Orr (R-Ala.), co-chair
Noah Roundtree III (D-Maine), co-chair
Rep. Delbert Cale (R-Conn.)
Sen. Fred Wingo (R-Tex.)
Sen. Keith Dierkoski (R-N.Y.)
Rep. DeShawn Martin (D-Mich.)
Sen. Claire Sheedy (D-Neb.)
Other members of the Senate subcommittee include:
Sheila Cargill, Executive Vice President, Moms Demand Action, Rhode Island Chapter
Walton T. Kreske III, Vice President of Public Affairs, National Rifle Association
Col. Tyler Walsh, United States Army and Systems Analyst with USoFA WorldWide