Just after a 16-year-old gunman opened fire on his classmates at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita this morning, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss) stood on the Senate floor and blocked a bill to require universal background checks.
“Many questions about this legislation need to be answered before its forced upon law-abiding gun owners,” she said just after the gunman opened fire in California. “If I wanted to give my best friend’s son or grandson my hunting rifle, would we first have to appear before a licensed gun dealer and go through a lengthy and potentially expensive background check?”
The Washington Post reported that a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl died at the hospital after the Saugus High School shooting. The shooter is in the hospital in “grave condition.”
The House already passed the universal backgrounds check bill that Sen. Hyde-Smith blocked today. The NRA endorsed her in the 2018 election when she beat Democrat Mike Espy.
Espy is running against Hyde-Smith again in 2020. He tweeted about Hyde-Smith’s actions today:
“Earlier today, 5 students were injured in a school shooting in California. Almost at the same time as they were shot, Cindy Hyde-Smith, instructed by Mitch McConnell, blocked a motion in the Senate for universal background checks. This is not the leadership our children deserve.”
Watch Senator Hyde-Smith’s speech: