Congress on Wednesday moved toward enactment of a bipartisan gun law, taking its first modest step in decades to curb America’s only epidemic of mass shootings, which culminated last month in a Buffalo supermarket and a bloody Texas elementary school. happened with the massacre.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) called the proposed bill “common sense” and “life-saving” to push the bill through an evenly divided upper house with some Republican support by the end of the week. swore to
“Congress is well on its way to taking meaningful action to tackle gun violence for the first time in nearly 30 years,” Schumer told the Senate. “The bill is real progress. This will save lives. ,
Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisted that the measure could make mass killings rare in places like Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, without limiting gun buyers’ rights to add to their arsenals as noted. They see fit.
“(The bill) will help reduce these horrific incidents while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” McConnell said.
The bill tightens some background checks, promotes so-called red flag laws passed by states and closes some loopholes that allow guns and ammo to be purchased without fuss.
But it falls short of significant reforms like banning assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, which opponents say could make a real difference in preventing mass killings.
The agreement won 14 GOP votes in a procedural Senate vote, enough to ward off a conservative filibuster and a sign that it may win the quick passage.
The move is a shoo-in in the Democratic-led House, even though progressives complain it is inadequate given the scale of America’s gun addiction.
Schumer praised the families of victims of the gun homicides that wreaked havoc on schools in Columbine, Colorado and Sandy Hook, Connecticut, as well as the 2017 country music concert in Las Vegas.
“Instead of cursing the darkness, he lit a candle,” Schumer said. “He has turned his suffering into action.”
Even though it is a deal, the deal marks the success of an unlikely election year on the battlefield of a Flashpoint culture war that has defied any solution for decades, even for those who have died from mass murders. The number increases daily.
The overwhelming majority of Americans support strict gun restrictions, especially in the form of armed killers who can kill scores in seconds.
The latest impetus for some sort of action came when a racist gunman killed 10 black shoppers in Buffalo. A few days later, a troubled teen killed 19 children and two teachers at a school in Uvalde, Texas.
Gun control advocates such as a lobbying group led by Sandy Hook parents and ex-rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), wounded by a constituent who opened fire at a meeting and greeting, called on Americans to back the bill as an incremental step toward a marginally safer nation.
But the mighty gun lobby has strongly blocked even the most basic improvements except for weapons and ammunition, which are only used to kill as quickly and effectively as possible.
The National Rifle Association moved its convention in Houston just days after Uvalde was bloodied and criticized by former President Trump. dance on stage In the nation’s largest gathering of gun owners.
True to form, the NRA also opposed the Senate settlement bill.
“This law could be misused to prohibit legitimate gun purchases (and) infringing on the rights of law-abiding Americans,” the NRA said on its Twitter feed.