August 5, 2019

The Hon. Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 224-2499

Dear Senator McConnell,

I write to you today with a broken heart. In less than 24 hours, our country has experienced two mass shootings. At last count, 31 people are dead and at least 50 wounded.

These mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters, brothers, and children were killed while running errands. They were killed enjoying music. They were killed spending time with their families. This adds to the list of those that have perished praying in their houses of worship, attending concerts and learning in school classrooms.

I write to you with a simple request. As Senate Majority Leader, call your chamber back into session immediately and call for votes on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. These bills passed the House months ago and in the interest of the American people they deserve to be brought to the Senate floor.

As an American, I find your inaction and lack of leadership unconscionable.

While you and your colleagues may find the lack of response to this epidemic of mass shootings acceptable, I do not. I have built my career advocating for children and families, standing up and speaking out. So, while Republicans on Capitol Hill are choosing to avoid taking effective action to protect American lives, I choose to speak up.

Before another life is lost at the hands of a mass shooter, I urge you to lead your chamber and set our country on a course for common-sense gun laws that preserve life and end this rash of violence.

In the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, “If a political party does not have its foundation in the
determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”


Debbie Wachspress
Democratic Candidate, PA-01

cc: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick