‘Massacre Mitch’: McConnell Earns New Nickname For Blocking Gun Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who blocked a Senate vote on a gun control bill passed by the House of Representatives in February, has his own hashtag trending on Twitter, #MassacreMitch, according to Newsweek.

More than 120,000 tweets have been sent using the #MassacreMitch hashtag after a shooting in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas left at least 20 people dead. Only 13 hours later, another nine were killed in Dayton, Ohio. 

Mitch McConnell has been accused of acting as the NRA’s puppet because of the donations that he and the Republican party had received from the lobbying group. McConnell had blocked a Senate vote that would require full background checks to be run against every person who wants to purchase a gun. 

Several Democratic lawmakers, as well as 2020 presidential candidates, have urged McConnell to call the Senate back for an emergency session so that actions can be carried out in the aftermath of further gun-related tragedies.

Elizabeth Warren tweeted, “The House passed a bill more than 5 months ago to require basic background checks on gun sales–the very least we can do to keep our loved ones safe. How many more people need to die before @SenateMajLdr McConnell puts aside @NRA interests and gives that bill a vote?”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement after the Dayton massacre, “We have a responsibility to the people we serve to act. The Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction and join the House to put an end to the horror and bloodshed that gun violence inflicts every day in America. Enough is enough.”

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