Republican senators have hammered out a deal with Democrats on gun control, a victory for leftists who have pushed for years without success to disarm the population.
President Biden hailed the package as “the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades,” Politico reported.
Republican senators agree to gun control deal
The legislation includes money for states to impose “red flag” laws that allow gun owners to be disarmed without due process if they are suspected of being dangerous, as well as funding for mental health programs and school security.
It enhances penalties for straw purchasers, expands background checks for gun buyers under 21, and targets the so-called “boyfriend loophole” that allows convicted domestic abusers who are not living with an ex-partner to buy firearms.
Biden said there are “no excuses for delay” in getting the bill on his desk, and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered tentative praise of the “bipartisan” deal, the work of 20 senators including 10 Republicans, making the legislation apparently filibuster-proof.
Four of those Republicans, Pat Toomey (R-PA), Roy Blunt (R-MA), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rob Portman (R-OH), are retiring this year. The others are Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and John Cornyn (R-TX).
The Senate deal, the fruit of weeks of demagoguing from Democrats over recent mass shootings, represents the most progress the party has made on gun control since Obama’s failed push following the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
Republicans capitulate once again
All the same, the bill does not have “everything” Democrats want, Biden said, like an outright ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The House last week passed gun control measures that would raise the age to buy semi-automatic rifles to 21 and make every state a “red flag” state. Red flag laws currently exist in 19 states.
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), whose rhetoric likely inspired an assassination attempt against Brett Kavanaugh from a pro-abortion suspect, said the Senate’s compromise is worth it if “a single life can be saved.”
The 20 senators said the deal would save lives without infringing on Second Amendment rights and that Congress has a duty to “get something done” and reassure frightened families.
“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 senators said.
As always, Democrats play as a team, while Republicans compromise and capitulate every step of the way.