Rep. Walz Calls For Universal Background Checks On Guns

Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz of Mankato says “We can’t keep waking up like this.”

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Walz has pledged to do everything he can to make sure Minnesota joins those states that are leading the way on universal background checks.

Walz says in states where there are universal background check laws on the books, there are 52% fewer mass shootings and 48% fewer law enforcement officials shot to death with handguns.

Still, Walz says universal background checks are just part of the solution. He also says “We need to look at increasing funding to our mental health services.”

At least 58 people were killed in last night’s shooting and more than 500 injured. In the hotel room that was used by the suspected shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, police found at least 19 weapons.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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