Senate Republicans Betray Base, Join Democrats on Gun Crackdown
DEVELOPING STORY: While you were attending church this morning, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators were conspiring to take away your constitutional rights.
The lawmakers, including enough Republicans to overcome the chamber’s “filibuster” rule, on Sunday announced an agreement on a plan that would curtail the right to bear arms.
“This is the ultimate betrayal of conservative voters,” said nationally syndicated radio host Todd Starnes. “Senate Republicans are more interested in being accepted at Georgetown cocktail parties than they are keeping their word to constituents.”
The bill included support for state “red flag” laws, tougher background checks for firearms buyers under 21 and a crackdown on a practice called “straw purchases.”
“Our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” the group, led by Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican John Cornyn, said in a statement. “We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense proposal into law.”
Ten Republicans signaled their support for the preliminary deal, indicating the measure potentially could advance to a vote on passage and overcome roadblocks by other Republicans who oppose most gun control measures.
The senators include: Chris Murphy, John Cornyn, Thom Tillis , Kyrsten Sinema, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, Martin Heinrich, Mark Kelly, Angus King, Joe Manchin, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Debbie Stabenow, and Pat Toomey.
President Biden specifically thanks Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) for their help in weakening the Second Amendment.
I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and the members of his bipartisan group—especially Senators Cornyn, Sinema, and Tillis—for their tireless work to produce this proposal. Obviously, it does not do everything that I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction, and would be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades. With bipartisan support, there are no excuses for delay, and no reason why it should not quickly move through the Senate and the House. Each day that passes, more children are killed in this country: the sooner it comes to my desk, the sooner I can sign it, and the sooner we can use these measures to save lives.White House
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Biden had called for banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, or, if that were not possible, raising the minimum age to buy those weapons to 21 from 18. Biden also pressed for repealing the liability shield that protects gun manufacturers from being sued for violence perpetrated by people carrying their guns.
The National Rifle Association called Biden’s proposals an infringement on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
With reporting from Associated Press and Newsmax.