This week on "FOX News Sunday," Democratic Rep. David Cicilline said presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke saying "Hell yes," Democrats want to confiscate assault weapons "doesn't help" Congress come to an agreement on universal background checks.
BETO O'ROURKE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, THURSDAY: Hell yes we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We're not going to allow it to be used against fellow Americans any more.
HEMMER: As you know, Democrats are members of the NRA too.
How does that message help the current issue?
REP. DAVID CICILLINE: Well, look, I think that -- that message doesn't help. But the reality is we passed two important gun safety proposals back in February, universal background checks and closing the Charleston loophole.
Universal background checks work. Three million gun sales have been prevented because people who are not eligible to buy a gun because of their criminal record, their domestic abuse, their mental health status, went into a gun store and tried to buy a gun and they were denied. So we know background checks work.
The problem is, one in five gun sales happens in this country without a background check. So we passed legislation to fix that, to close that loophole. It's been sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk since February. And so first and foremost --
HEMMER: You just said that, that that comments from Beto O'Rourke does not help. And many will say that Democrats are coming for their guns.
CICILLINE: Yes, that's just not true. Look, where there's no proposal to do that in the Congress. We have legislation that is designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, to try to prevent people from possessing the most lethal and dangerous weapons of war. That's been our focus. There are dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence.
But we have to do something. The American people are demanding that we do something. It is no longer safe to be in synagogues and churches and shopping malls and schools.
You know, I grew up and we did fire drills. That was the most scary thing we did. Now young children are doing active shooter drills because they're trying to be taught to prepare for an active shooter in their school.
We can't allow this to continue. We have the ability to reduce gun violence, to make certain that people don't get guns who shouldn't have them. Mitch McConnell ought to bring those bills to the floor immediately.
CICILLINE: And we're going to send him some more.