Aunt of ‘boy on the beach’ urges bipartisan lawmakers to ‘stop arming terrorists’

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — One aunt is speaking out after her nephew was killed fleeing persecution in Syria.

“It was the wake up call to the world,” Tima Kurdi said.

Kurdi is the aunt of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on the beach after trying to escape to Canada. She joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday to support ways to stop terrorism.

“We’re continuing to inform people about the reality of the situation in Syria. The need for us to end this counter productive regime change war,” Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2) said.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is the lead sponsor of the “Stop Arming Terrorists” Act. The bill would prohibit American taxpayer dollars from being used directly or indirectly to support groups that work with terrorists. Gabbard, who recently took her own trip to Syria, said it’s the answer families like the Kurdi’s were hoping for.

“What I heard from so many of them was a sincere question about why is it that the United States is providing support to these groups that are working with terrorists,” Gabbsard added.

Now Gabbard faces the uphill battle of getting more lawmakers to sign on board. But she’s getting some bipartisan support from Republicans, like Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY-4).

“I think she’s got a great point and I think the American people are behind this,” Massie added.

While North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones (D-NC-3) is also on board with Gabbard’s bill, he said it could be difficult to enforce.

“You sell weapons to countries who are supposed to be your friends and they probably are your friends but there is always someone within a system or foreign country that maybe has friendships with the enemies of that country as well as our country that ends up,’ Jones said.

While the bill is still waiting for a vote in the House a senate version is expected to be announced Thursday by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.