Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called the National Rifle Association a “quasi militant wing of the Republican party” Thursday on the Senate floor.
“The NRA once called mandatory background checks, ‘reasonable,'” Reid said. “But now, its leadership and organization have transformed into a quasi militant wing of the Republican party.”
“Those who choose to do the NRA’s bidding will be held accountable by our constituents,” Reid added. “Something has to be done. We must take a stand. The American people are desperately looking for help, some help, any help.”
President Obama said Wednesday that not all mass shootings can be prevented, but gun control legislation could “improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.”
Reid echoed those sentiments.
“It will never be possible to prevent every shooting,” Reid said. “We know that. But we have a responsibility to try. There are certain things we can do.”