Republicans are backing bipartisan gun legislation as “traitors” to GOP senators who are helping Democrats “seize” firearms.
A bipartisan gun bill cleared its first procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday with the support of 14 Republicans, as GOP members took to social media to warn their allies who voted for the legislation. Calls to strengthen gun laws are growing louder in response to last month’s deadly mass shootings at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
Although the bill agreed to by bipartisan senators falls far short of the Democratic proposals that have been consistently rejected by Republicans for decades, some GOP members of Congress and other conservatives backing the bill quickly turned on Senate Republicans. Got furious.
Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Green accused GOP senators of “helping Democrats seize your guns.” Tweet on Wednesday. The tweet also included a video clip of his suggestion during a press conference that all 14 senators be thrown out of office.
,[President] Joe Biden … He’s a friend of these Republican senators,” Green says in the video clip. “People all over our country are angry with him… These are Republican senators whom Republican voters no longer support.”
During an appearance on the conservative One America News Network In Focus with Addison SmithRepublican Representative Louis Gohart of Texas said Republicans supporting the bill were guilty of “betrayal”, while comparing him to American Revolutionary War defender Benedict Arnold.
“Let me tell you, the last time this kind of betrayal happened, Benedict Arnold had to go to England on this gun bill,” Gohart said. “Because he just didn’t, he had more friends there than in the United States.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who voted for the bill, “went too far in recent years” when discussing the bill ahead of the vote on Tuesday night.
“Has any group of voters sold more, more brazenly, than what Republican Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn and the rest are doing right now?” Carlson said. “Talk about the subversion of democracy.”
“If they keep doing this, the system will collapse,” he said. “You have representation of the interests of your voters, so there you are.”
During Sunday’s discussion with GOP Senator Mike Lee of Utah, who voted against the bill, Fox News anchor Shannon Bream said the conservative news network’s own poll indicated that a large majority of Americans would strengthen gun laws. in favor of.
“Fox News polling shows there is a lot of force behind some of these proposals at this point,” Bream said. “There is a lot of momentum, at least in the public sector, to do that.”
The bipartisan bill also included tougher background checks for gun buyers aged 18 to 21, a so-called “savvy loophole,” money for mental health programs, and money for crisis intervention programs that state “red flag” gun laws. can return.
“The Republican senators who voted to support the Red Flag laws are traitors to the Constitution and our country,” Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, said. tweeted on Wednesday.
newsweek Senate Republicans reached out to the convention for comment.