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The Republicans who control Congress have had all the time in the world to do something about gun violence in America.

I mean that. If the GOP spent a teeny, tiny fraction of the time they waste voting again and again to repeal the Affordable Care Act or defund Planned Parenthood on sensible gun reform, more mamas and daddies would be tucking in their kids tonight.

But massacre after massacre, the Republicans have offered thoughts and prayers -- but no solutions. Every time Democrats have said enough is enough, every time we've tried to get even the smallest reforms passed, the Republicans flatly refuse. Nothing. Never. No way.

If the Republican Party would rather work for the NRA than the American people -- and if they won't do their jobs to keep our children safe -- then somebody else has to step up.

That's why I strongly support President Obama's actions to use the existing laws on the books to close background check loopholes, increase mental health treatment and reporting, and improve enforcement of our gun laws. These steps are smart, reasonable, and well within the President's constitutional power. And most importantly, they will make a life-or-death difference for some children and their families. Fewer funerals, more good-night kisses.

This is an important move, but I don't kid myself: We're not done here. The President took a good first step, but Congress still needs to take action to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Congress needs to make gun trafficking a serious federal crime . Congress needs to make President Obama's actions permanent so that a future Republican President can't reverse them on Day One.

It won't be easy. The NRA and their Republican friends have fought hard against sensible gun reform -- and they're going to keep fighting us every step of the way. Just look at what the Republican Senators -- three Republicans running for President -- said about President Obama's executive order:

  • Senator Rand Paul said: "We should be advocating for more concealed carry ability for law abiding Americans and an end to unconstitutional gun free zones, not spending tax dollars on enforcing pointless gun laws that do not improve the safety of this nation."

  • Senator Marco Rubio said: "It undermines the Second Amendment and it will do nothing to keep people safe...This executive order is just one more way to make it harder for law-abiding people to buy weapons."

  • And Senator Ted Cruz? He responded to the announcement with a contest to win a shotgun engraved with his campaign logo. Seriously.

But President Obama showed us yesterday that change is possible. The majority of Americans are with us on this. We just have to keep fighting.

I'm ready to have that fight for gun reform -- right here, right now. Congress owes it to the people we represent, and we all owe it to our children and grandchildren.

Thank you for being a part of this...

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