In a Raleigh town hall Monday, U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., addressed questions from Triangle area residents surrounding the Democrats’ upcoming legislative agenda and recent headlines, including the New Zealand mosque shooting last week.
“I am so tired, I am scared, my kids are scared, my family is scared. I’ve never felt that way, congressman. Tell me, what can you do for us?” said Jihad Shawwa, a Raleigh resident and a Muslim.
Price said the rhetoric of leaders and citizens has become increasingly important in an intertwined world, and that Trump’s prior half-condemnation of white nationalism was unacceptable.
“We are all interconnected, for better or worse, and that means that hatred can spread instantaneously, as can love and support and the better angels of our nature,” he said. “There are ways we can act on those impulses as well, and we need to find within ourselves the reserves of empathy and a broad sense of hospitality.”
Price said H.R. 8 — a national bipartisan bill to require background checks for every private firearm transfer — is one of his priorities on Capitol Hill. He emphasized the need to be “loving critics” of the country, motivated by America’s shortcomings and to push the nation toward progress.