On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 224-204 along mostly party lines to pass a so-called red flag law that empowers law enforcement to seize guns from the mentally ill and criminals.
One of the supporters of the bill is Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), who lost her teenage son to gun violence a decade ago.
McBath calls on the nation to prevent more moms from walking in her shoes.
“We vote to save lives. We vote to do what is right,” McBath said.
“We vote to stop this uniquely American horror that’s ripping our families apart,” McBath added.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, echoed support for the bill.
“All too often, the warning signs were clear, and nothing was done to keep guns out of their hands before it was too late,” Nadler said.
“(It) provides a sensible means by which someone who’s exhibiting dangerous behavior can be prevented from possessing or purchasing firearms before tragedy strikes,” the powerful Manhattan Democrat added.
Sources said the law is one of a package of Democratic measures that the House has passed to crack down on guns after recent massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas.
According to reports, the newly passed law is doomed to fail in the Senate, where Republicans hold effective veto power.