On Tuesday Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) threw cold water on the liberals’ hopes that the GOP would work with the Democrats on gun legislation following the Uvalde, Texas school shooting.
“In discussing how we might come together to target the problem of mental illness and school safety, we’ll get back at it next week and hope to have results,” McConnell said about a legislative solution that would reduce mass shootings.
McConnell didn’t touch the topic of guns.
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For those in the conservative wing of the GOP, this was comforting to hear especially after Mitch, who is not their number one choice to lead the party, last week had directed Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to engage with Democrats on a ‘bipartisan solution’ on gun violence.
“I’ve encouraged him to talk to Sen. Sinema, Sen. Murphy and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that’s directly related to the problem. I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution that’s directly related to the facts of this awful massacre,” Mich said.
This week, instead of blaming the guns, in agreement with many in his caucus, the former Senate Majority Leader is now also calling for increased school security with the rise of mental health conditions.
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During his rally on Saturday night in Wyoming, former President Donald J. Trump chimed in on the issue.
“Whatever our differences may be on other issues, what on earth is stopping Democrats from immediately passing measures to ramp up school security,” Trump said
“How many more tragedies will it take until they agree to set aside their far-left political agenda and do what is really needed and actually works,” Trump added.
The Democrats, on the other hand, will continue to politicize the recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, using them as opportunities to gain the support of the American citizenry. Their leadership hopes this will allow them to advance their radical gun legislation, which would never pass during a regular legislative session.
Not waiting for bi-partisan input or support from the GOP, the Democrats are preparing a large gun control package to be considered in House Judiciary Committee.
The package, Protecting Our Kids, includes eight bills designed to erode citizens’ Second Amendment rights, none of the eight bills would have stopped either one of the recent mass shootings.
Reportedly a few of the items included in this huge anti Second Amendment package:
- Ban high-capacity magazines, increase the purchase age of semi-automatics from 18 to 21
- Ban bump stocks for civilian use while requiring existing bump stocks to be registered with the government
- Change the definition of “ghost guns” so they fall under background checks at the point of sale
- Increase penalties for gun trafficking, and mandate how Americans store firearms in their homes.
As with other controversial and far-left legislation, the Democrats, with a small majority in the House, will most likely vote for the package. They will not have time to read the bills when presented, but hey they have recently made it a habit of not doing so.
A vote is expected to be held next week. If the package passes the House, it will move to the Senate, where without McConnell’s support, will not get the 60 votes necessary for cloture, the filibuster-proof threshold ending debate allowing for the vote only requiring a simple majority.