Congressional Black Caucus Blames Republicans For Dallas Massacre

Butterfield and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus denounced the shootings and expressed their sympathies for the police officers who were killed.

Butterfield immediately proceeded to call out the Republicans for failing to get on board with the CBC's civil liberty-crushing gun control plan.

He said he first raised the issue on Thursday, "because we thought this country was at a tipping point where our young people were so frustrated, so angry, and had not seen any action while their friends and family are mowed down in the streets".

Caucus chairman George Butterfield said: "Republicans, why on earth are you recoiling and not giving us a debate on gun violence?"

He goes on in his usual race-baiting way, sighting, "The Republicans in Congress are refusing to address gun violence in America that targets black men and black women and Hispanic men and Hispanic women and, yes, even police officers".

The presser to discuss gun violence and the Black Lives Matter movement had been scheduled before the ambush occurred Thursday night. Give us an up or down vote on legislation on gun violence. Why?

McCarthy emphasized, "I'm not pre-determining what it is, I just think what has gone on in the nation this week - this is a time, not only to pause for the prayers, but it's a time this country should unite and solve the problems out there, make sure justice is done and so that's in the mode of what we are doing at this moment".

"As long as we have groups like Black Lives Matter, who will just become unnerved and inflamed when a Democratic candidate for president says "all lives matter"... that's nowhere near approaching the dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. had", Gohmert said.

He described a long month where the country has seen "seen bad, awful senseless things", while urging calm.

The Louisiana Democrat said the protests are not based on something imagined, but real transgressions against black people.

On Friday, Butterfield renewed the push for reforms, at least on the part of CBC members.

Meanwhile, some Republicans shifted focus to federal spending on law enforcement and community policing in the wake of the Dallas killings.

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms.

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia seemed especially solemn when he was asked about how today's Black Lives Matter movement compares to the civil rights battles in the 1960s. "We did not offer any violence".

"A peaceful protest for justice in the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile was interrupted by a vile act of hate against law enforcement", Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement.

"We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters".

"And we again call on Speaker Ryan, Chairman Goodlatte, to convene an adult conversation about the use of deadly force, the need for AR-15s on our streets, the need for high-capacity magazines, no-fly-no-buy", Richmond said. "If not, we will perish as foes".

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