Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Questions Experts on Gun Violence at Hearing

February 6, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan Background Checks Act addresses long-overlooked issue


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) questioned expert witnesses on gun violence today in the first House hearing addressing gun violence in eight years, despite the rising level of mass shootings in recent years. The Judiciary Committee on which Congressman Cohen serves as a senior member is considering H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act. See the exchange here.

During his questioning, Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Background checks are something I think over 90-some-odd percent of the public is supportive of and that almost every organization concerned about this thinks will help. We need to reduce this and not have more ‘moments of silence’ and ‘deep thoughts and prayers.’ We’ve had enough of that. We need action.”