Pressed on Recent Gun Deaths, a Pissed-Off Pelosi Says “Go Ask Mitch”

The speaker of the House gave an impassioned response to a question about Congress’s inaction on firearm violence

Nancy Pelosi needs you to get a few things straight. On Tuesday the California Democrat was approached by an ABC News reporter who asked if she has “any regrets about not bringing the House back in August to keep the flame lit on gun violence.”

The question didn’t sit well with the speaker of the House.

A visibly annoyed Pelosi replied, “No, absolutely not. We did our job. The Senate was supposed to come back—why don’t you all get that straight? The Senate was supposed to come back to pass the bill.”

She continued, “I’m getting very angry about the silliness of these questions. Lives are at stake and McConnell is standing in the way. … Don’t ask me what we haven’t done. We have done it.  … And if you’re annoyed with my impatience, it’s because people are dying because Senator McConnell hasn’t acted. Why don’t you go ask him if he has any regrets for all the people who died because he hasn’t acted.”

Earlier this year the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would require all firearm sellers to conduct background checks on people purchasing guns.

Accusing Democrats of “theatrics,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring a vote on the legislation because Donald Trump won’t sign it into law.

In August 53 people were killed in mass shootings, including two in Texas and one in Gilroy, California.