During a House Oversight Committee Hearing, Chairman Comer Implies that Gun Violence Prevention Isn’t a Serious Issue

Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Today during a House Oversight Committee hearing, Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) implied that gun violence isn’t a serious issue, and that Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-Florida) was not being “serious” when Moskowitz pressed the committee to hold a hearing on gun violence.

“17 people were murdered at my high school in Parkland. The Chairman says that’s not a serious topic! Tell that to the parents that visit their kids at the cemetery. I know the Chairman is obsessed with Hunter Biden, but he didn’t kill anybody in my town and neither did gas stoves,” said Moskowitz after Comer made his out of touch comments.


A transcript of Moskowitz and Comer’s back and forth is found below:

Moskowitz: “Gun violence hearings during the 118th Congress – Zero. Gas stoves – three. That’s all you need to know about what’s happening in the 118th Congress.”

Chairman Comer: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for your leadership on this issue. I have to respond to the gun violence – what good does it do have gun laws on the books when you waive gun penalties for privileged white children of public officials?”

Moskowitz: “Will you yield?”

Chairman Comer: “I will yield”

Moskowitz: “Mr. Chairman, there were 17 people killed at my high school, in my neighborhood. And so, let’s not make gun violence…

Chairman Comer: “I asked a credible question and you’re not serious.”

So far in 2023 according to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 389 mass shootings, 28 mass murders, and 23,539 total gun violence deaths. Moskowitz is an alumnus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In 2017, 17 people lose their lives when a gunman entered the high school.

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