It was only a matter of time before the Republican Party’s RINO coalition eventually bent their knee to Democrats on gun control — and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Republicans, unfortunately, have a distinct habit of putting up little fight against Democrats during major political battles. They always seem to acquiesce, giving Democrats the small bit of leverage they need to come out victorious on any given issue. Such is the case with gun control.
The GOP had a unique opportunity to stand their ground on gun control, even after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that rocked the nation and reinspired more hysteria about the Second Amendment.
Regardless of tragedy, the government has no right to even debate about stripping constitutional rights away from law-abiding American citizens. The murder of children by a psychopathic gunman isn’t justification for bipartisan groups of lawmakers to quibble over which basic liberties will be taken from us.
Republicans’ constant kowtowing to Democrats on gun rights simply incentivizes anti-gun liberals to enable further gun violence insofar as it results in further gun control, which happens to be their goal anyway. In other words, Democrats are sacrificing their own cities and their own people to create a need for gun control laws — and Republicans are letting them get away with it.
A bipartisan group of senators announced Sunday a proposal to combat gun violence, stemming from a concerted effort on Capitol Hill to respond to a string of deadly mass shootings in the United States.
The group is currently made up of 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats.
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The framework, the result of talks led by Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen. John Cornyn, includes some reforms on access to firearms and cracking down on illegal sales, along with funding for mental health and school security, and measures meant to protect victims of domestic violence.
“Today, we are announcing a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” a group of 20 senators said in a press statement.
The legislation includes a federal grant program that would help states enact “red flag” laws that would allow law enforcement to keep guns away from individuals deemed to be potential threats to themselves or others. The proposal would also close the “boyfriend loophole,” a legal gap in the Violence Against Women Act that allowed unmarried partners convicted of domestic violence to buy or own firearms.
The legislation also included proposals referenced by Republican lawmakers, including “billions in new funding for mental health and school safety,” additional legislation dealing with straw purchases, and enhanced background checks for gun purchasers under the age of 21, Murphy said.
The proposal does not include other provisions favored by Democrats and gun control advocates, including raising the minimum age for purchasing certain weapons from 18 to 21.
Joe Biden released a statement in which he thanked the bipartisan group of lawmakers before deriding the legislation as not going far enough to restrict Second Amendment rights.
I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and the bipartisan group for their gun safety proposal. It does not do everything that I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction.
With bipartisan support, there are no excuses for delay. Let’s get this done.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 12, 2022
Why can’t lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle come together on issues that would positively impact Americans, like lower taxes or energy independence?
Author: Vasily Ivanov