U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL,10) expressed his support for several "commonsense" gun control measures on Tuesday, saying on the House floor that "thoughts and prayers are not enough. And it's time for action."
Dold broke ranks from his fellow Republicans just days after the nation's deadliest mass shooting. At least 49 people were killed and another 53 injured in the terror attack Sunday morning at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando.
"We must take decisive action and united action to ensure nothing like the attacks on Orlando, Paris, Newtown or San Bernardino ever happen again," Dold said in his speech. "Congress should immediately move forward and pass the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act. This commonsense bill would prohibit suspected terrorists from purchasing guns or explosives. Keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of people who wish to do our country harm is a solution we should all be able to get behind."
The Republican from Kenilworth, who is being challenged in the November election by Democrat Brad Schneider, also called for universal background checks for gun buyers, an upgraded background check system and a measure to prevent domestic abusers from purchasing firearms.
"In short, there are numerous commonsense proposals that will keep guns out of the hands of those that should not have them, while protecting our Second Amendment rights," Dold stated.
"There is no quick and easy solution to all the problems underscored by the Orlando terrorist attack," he added. "But if we're able to set aside partisan differences and unite in the best interests of our nation, we can make serious strides in the ongoing efforts to keep Americans safe and prevent future atrocities."
Later on Tuesday, House Democrats initiated a procedural vote that would have brought up for a vote legislation Dold endorsed earlier in the day -- a bill to ban people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.
Dold voted against the procedural vote, a move being criticized as "hypocrisy" by the Schneider campaign.
"Bob Dold today refused, for the 12th time, to allow a vote on keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists," Schneider's campaign manager Magen Ryan said in a statement Tuesday. "His vote is even more outrageous given the fact that he took to the House floor just minutes before the vote and called for 'decisive action,' only to turn around and block the same action for which he just demanded. Taking the right position for just long enough to get headlines, but cynically blocking a bill you support is politics at its worst. Unfortunately, this is typical for Dold. He simply cannot be trusted to stand up to his party leaders when it matters."