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Black Caucus Demands More Gun Control, Warns of 'Long Hot Summer'

The Caucus chair and other members declared the week's shootings a problem of easy access to guns in America

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    Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C. makes an emotional plea to end the violence that has led to the slayings of police officers in Dallas last night and the fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week, on, July 8, 2016, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    The Congressional Black Caucus has called for more stringent gun control measures including a ban on assault weapons, NBC News reported. 

    "The two acts of murder this week must be addressed by law enforcement and it must be addressed by the Congress of the United States. If we fail to act this will be a long hot summer," Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill, said Friday. 

    The Caucus Chair and other members declared the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and the killings of five Dallas police officers as the continued problem of easy access to guns in America. 

    "If this Congress does not have the guts to lead, then we are responsible for all the bloodshed on the streets of America whether it be at the hands of people wearing a uniform or whether it's at the hands of criminals, we bear that responsibility if we don't act," said Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who represents Baton Rouge, Louisiana.