Senate Republicans Side With Democrats On Gun Control Bill

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As they do every time there is a spike in shootings, Democrats are going for the big gun grab.

The catalyst for the latest anti-gun push was the massacre at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. It shocked the conscious that a person could wantonly kill little kids.

The 18-year-old shooter was insane, though. And there was a major failure on the part of the local police to get inside the classroom where he was holed up.

Nonetheless, Democrats want to ban guns. They always have. Because a well-armed populace is the only thing that can stop tyranny and tyranny is what socialist Democrats have in mind.

Democrats want total control over the citizens of the United States. Total. With zero resistance.

The 2nd amendment isn’t about hunting or home defense, it’s about resisting tyranny. Through history, we know how fast a people can lose their freedoms and be subjected to the whims of dictators once their guns have been taken away.

This is why we need firearms that give us a chance against possible future tyrannical administrations.

Now, we have some Republicans going along with Democrats in their plan to disarm Americans.

Twenty senators joined together on Sunday to form a bipartisan gun safety proposal, marking a significant development in the fight to prevent mass shootings (or grab guns) after back-to-back incidents.

An announcement by 10 senators from each party on Sunday morning formally supported the deal. Senator Chuck Schumer endorsed the bill, promising to “put this bill on the floor as soon as possible.” Biden said the measure “would be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades.” He then said both chambers of Congress should pass it in an urgent fashion.

Politico reported:

The emerging package is anchored around extra scrutiny for gun buyers under the age of 21, grants to states to implement so-called red flag laws and new spending on mental health treatment and school security. While translating the agreement into legislation will take time, the large group of supportive senators shows that the package could gain 60 votes on the Senate floor before heading to the House.

“Our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense proposal into law,” the 20 senators said in their statement.

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) are the lead negotiators on the proposal. The most significant piece of the proposal would subject gun buyers 21 and younger to scrutiny of their criminal and mental health records as juveniles. It’s proved tricky to write because each state has different laws governing juvenile records.

A broader bipartisan group has held its own regular meetings on guns over the past three weeks since the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. And with Democrats controlling only 50 Senate seats, the approval of 10 Republicans is critical to moving forward.

In a statement, the Senators said: “Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities.”

Mitch McConnell issued a statement saying the measure shows “the value of dialogue and cooperation.”

McConnell didn’t endorse the plan outright, though, stating: “I continue to hope their discussions yield a bipartisan product that makes significant headway on key issues like mental health and school safety, respects the Second Amendment, earns broad support in the Senate, and makes a difference for our country.”

Aside from the four main mediators, the legislation is supported by Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

Four of those in support, Portman, Toomey, Blunt, and Burr – all Republicans – have announced that they are retiring this year.

Politico continued:

In addition to provisions on red flag laws, which allow law enforcement to seek temporary removal of firearms from an individual who is a threat to himself or others, the package also would close what’s known as the “boyfriend loophole” by broadening firearms restrictions on those who have abused their romantic partners.

The package also aims to crack down on straw purchasers and illegal unlicensed firearms dealers, according to a summary of the agreement.

While Sunday’s announcement is a major breakthrough, translating a framework into an actual bill often proves challenging. During last year’s bipartisan infrastructure negotiations, for example, more than six weeks passed between negotiators’ announcement of a framework and Senate passage of the resulting bill. And a GOP aide involved in the negotiations stressed that Sunday’s agreement was an “agreement on principles, not legislative text.”

“The details will be critical for Republicans, particularly the firearms-related provisions,” the aide warned. “One or more of these principles could be dropped if text is not agreed to.”

Give Democrats an inch and they’ll take a mile. Incrementalism, that’s their thing. That’s how they fundamentally change America… until now. Now they’re going at warp speed.

Learn from the extreme left and get in the streets and be very, very angry, and very very loud.

That’s all Democrats understand.

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