Americans across the country were horrified on Sunday at two mass shootings 13 hours apart in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. They were the 249th and 250th mass shootings in the United States in 216 days.
The tone at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., however, was jovial as Philadelphia Union soccer team captain Alejandro Bedoya scored a goal against home team D.C. United.
The achievement didn’t stop Bedoya from demanding that Congress act on the American epidemic of gun violence. While celebrating, Bedoya grabbed a field microphone and shouted for Congress to do something to “end gun violence.”
Philadelphia Union soccer player Alejandro Bedoya scores a goal in tonight's game against D.C. United, runs over to a field microphone and shouts, "Congress, do something now. End gun violence."
Via FS1 pic.twitter.com/7WH4PA08cs
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 5, 2019
“Hey, Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!”
Bedoya’s use of his platform during a nationally televised game to call attention to gun violence and Congress’s inaction on it was commended by many, including Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin.
Jim Curtin on Alejandro Bedoya: “I’m on his side.” pic.twitter.com/vU2zI1gcuP
— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) August 5, 2019
Curtin stood by Bedoya’s comments, saying:
“Look, I’m on Alejandro’s team in the Philadelphia Union, and I’m on Alejandro’s team in support of his comments on gun control. Again, 250 shootings this year. I’m on his side. It’s outrageous, things need to change in this country for sure.”
Bedoya is far from the only one calling on Washington to take immediate action on gun violence.
Several Democratic presidential candidates and lawmakers are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the August recess for an emergency vote to curtail the epidemic.
Mr. President: It's not about what you say. It's about what you do.
Stop your hatred, divisiveness and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
If you truly want to be bipartisan, ask McConnell to call the Senate back into session and pass gun safety legislation that Americans are demanding.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 5, 2019
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act passed the House in February—but it hasn’t even received a hearing in the Senate.
It’s past time to take action. To Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans, I say: have some courage. Let’s vote.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) August 5, 2019
Two background check bills have already passed the House. The Senate has an opportunity to pass them—but Mitch McConnell refuses to act. @SenateMajLdr, you must bring the Senate back into session to vote on this important legislation.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 5, 2019
This is a national crisis. Mitch McConnell needs to bring the Senate back from recess right now and hold votes on legislation to protect Americans from gun violence. Enough. We need to end this carnage now.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 4, 2019
What Congress can do about exploding white supremacist terrorism: pass gun safety laws, name WS as terrorism in statute, &more.
The House passed gun safety bills mos ago. McConnell refuses to hold a VOTE, let alone pass them.
He needs to call the Senate back now & do so. #HR8
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 5, 2019
However, @SenateMajLdr has called himself the ‘grim reaper’ and refuses to act on this bipartisan legislation. It is incumbent upon the Senate to come back into session to pass this legislation immediately.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 5, 2019
Stop blocking gun safety reforms over 90% of Americans support
Gavel the Senate into emergency session to take immediate action on the bipartisan, House-passed universal background checks legislationhttps://t.co/65n3hSQFDo
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 5, 2019
As for Bedoya, Americans were cheering for more than just his goal.
Thank you Alejandro Bedoya!!!
— Blue Bee (@Blue_Bee_pllntr) August 5, 2019
That is a leader.
— ✨We Travel the Spaceways from Planet to Planet✨ (@SpacewaysTravel) August 5, 2019
I literally get chills listening to this. People of influence are using their platforms and demanding change.
— Kris 💍 (@thomasxtoni) August 5, 2019
We can only hope that voices like Bedoya’s will finally compel Congress to act.