Texas massacre: Lois Frankel offers prediction on congressional response

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at the West Palm Beach Library today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, said she knows what to expect when she returns to Washington today after a gunman killed 26 worshipers at a Texas church on Sunday.

“We’ll pause for a moment of silence and then this Congress will do nothing because the NRA has a stranglehold on it,” said Frankel, who has supported a variety of gun control measures in the House.

Frankel questioned how Devin Patrick Kelley was able to purchase a gun despite a background that reportedly included domestic violence and a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force.

“How did this fellow, with his background, get a gun? It doesn’t seem reasonable. We’ve got to strengthen the gun background checks,” said Frankel. “We’re not trying to take away everybody’s gun. But enough is enough.”

President Donald Trump, during a stop in Japan, called the shooting a mental health issue and not a “guns situation.”

 

Said Frankel: “It’s both…We certainly need to invest more in this country on taking care of people and their health problems, but too many folks are getting guns who should not have them.”