Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) called on the House Oversight and Reform Committee to “start to look at mass shootings and the real weapons that are destroying people” in a message to committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) on Wednesday.
Moskowitz, in passionate remarks, pressed Comer over “out of control” mass shootings and reminded him of his power as head of the committee.
“You know you’re in charge now and mass shootings are completely out of control and so you have the power to make the decision, decide whether we should have hearings on D.C. public urination or on mass shootings,” Moskowitz said.
“You’re the chairman. I’m just a lowly Democratic freshman,” he continued. “And so I implore that this committee start to look at mass shootings and the real weapons that are destroying people’s lives, which are AR-15s. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”
Moskowitz asked him earlier when the committee would take on a topic that is linked to the leading cause of death — firearms — among those under age 18 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
“And so, Mr. Chairman, I ask when is this committee going to have a hearing on gun violence?” the Florida Democrat asked.
In response, Comer said committee hearings last year were aimed at things like the Washington Commanders football team and the Equal Rights Amendment. Then he took aim at the Biden administration over “how tax dollars were being wasted.”
“So maybe you should take the lead in campaigning for your side of the aisle,” the Kentucky Republican told Moskowitz, “And then if you all win the majority then you can have hearings on the Washington Commanders football team.”
Moskowitz’s question comes as America has had more than 15,000 deaths due to gun violence this year and over 200 mass shootings, according to Gun Violence Archive.