Reid Reacts to Confederate Statues on Capitol Hill

By JM Rieger
Posted June 23, 2015 at 10:53pm
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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday said states should reexamine statues of Confederate leaders on Capitol Hill following last week’s Charleston, S.C., church shooting, but would only call for the removal of former Nevada Sen. Patrick McCarran’s statue, deferring to states for the selection of Statuary Hall statues in accordance with law. “Now I think that it would be important that we look at some of the statues that are here not as a result of what the states have done, but what others do, and we’re going to take a look at that,” Reid said. “But other than that, I think that we need to make sure the states understand who they have here. For example, I’ve said publicly in Nevada on more than one occasion, we have — one of our statues is Pat McCarran — I think he should be put out to a pasture someplace, his statue.” Reid later said Congress needed to “take a hard look” at firearm background checks and said the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Board of Regents should “take a look at” changing the “Runnin’ Rebels” mascot.