House Republicans will not support Senate gun control bill

While the Senate claims to have a deal on a bipartisan gun control bill with the support of at least 14 Republicans including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)–enough to overcome the filibuster–things are not going so well in the House, where Republican leaders rejected the bill.

The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday that Republicans plan to whip against the bill, exerting pressure on the members of their party to vote against it.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) have made it clear that they do not support the bill and told members to follow suit at a House GOP Conference meeting Wednesday morning.

The GOP members object to provisions providing incentives to states to adopt red flag laws that could make it easy to confiscate people’s guns without due process.

“The opposite of what we should be doing”

“These red flag laws are unconstitutional and the provisions that would ensure our teachers are disarmed. That’s exactly the opposite of what we should be doing,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said at a press conference about the law.

“How sad is it that our Second Amendment is under siege by the very people who are elected who are positioned to protect that right? Our Second Amendment was designed to keep us from tyranny and these same people are the ones who are wanting to take that away,” she added.

The bill, co-sponsored by Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), would also close the so-called boyfriend loophole, implement new background check requirements for people under 21, increase penalties on straw purchases, and provide $300 million over the next five years for school safety initiatives.

The bill is largely a reaction to a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 students and two teachers–a shooting that facts show was exacerbated by a disastrous police response.

Driven by emotion

The emotional aspect of the bill is evident in the fact that Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX), who represents Uvalde, plans to vote for the legislation when it gets to the House.

Gonzales said it was his firsthand experience of gun violence in his community that made him vote for the bill and denied that it was unconstitutional even though it clearly is.

It is always a mistake to pass bills because of anecdotal experiences and ignoring the facts of the issue, which suggest that gun control makes things worse rather than better and leads to more violence (Chicago is a perfect example of this).

McConnell needs to face reality and realize that the bill won’t work and he shouldn’t give President Joe Biden a legislative win before the midterms for no good reason.

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