PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In the wake of recent mass shootings across the U.S., Rhode Island’s congressional delegation called on Congress to pass a host of measures to curb gun violence.

“The people of Uvalde, Texas, are in mourning and we grieve with them,” Sen. Jack Reed said. “An entire nation. And our hearts go out to the victims of the other 26 school shootings that have taken place across the United States so far this year.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined Reed to support passing an assault weapons ban and a “red flag” proposal. They also called for strengthening background checks and repealing a law that gives gun manufacturers immunity in the event of a lawsuit.

Reed, who cited his military experience, said assault weapons should be banned because they are designed to kill people.

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Cicilline called on the Republican party to join Democratic efforts to pass “common-sense” gun safety legislation and acknowledged that multiple bills are needed to address the crisis. Whitehouse agreed that Congress has the power to make a change.

Langevin highlighted the need to keep guns from ending up in the wrong hands.

Reed said in the case of the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings, if the suspects hadn’t had automatic weapons, they wouldn’t have harmed as many people.

The delegation spoke at the Gun Totem at Memorial Park in Providence.

Second Amendment supporters, including Brenda Jacob of the Rhode Island Revolve and Rifle Association, told 12 News Thursday they believe these bills won’t be the answer to reducing gun violence in the country.