Senate majority leader Charles Schumer, DN.Y. Will hold a press conference on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, after a Senate luncheon at the US Capitol.
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Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer On Wednesday, he promised to renew his efforts to pass stricter U.S. gun control legislation, but Republicans admitted that they were likely to block new firearms regulations even after shooters. Killed 19 children and 2 teachers in an elementary school in Texas.
Schumer, a top Democrat of the Chamber of Commerce, is influenced by the National Rifle Association, a group that supports powerful gunfire to discuss with Republican colleagues what steps Congress can take to reduce strong gunfire. Asked to resist.
A New York lawmaker said, “Please, please, be careful, once in the position of these parents,” the Senator said the day after a teenage shooter killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas. Stated.
“Perhaps by standing in the position of these parents rather than the NRA’s arms, we may be able to bend over from the NRA’s vise-like grip,” Schumer added. measurement. “
Democrats have long blamed the NRA, its millions of strong members and large rounds of funding, for upsetting Republicans to gun policy changes.
The Senate is unlikely to pass gun safety legislation before lawmakers depart for a war dead memorial adjournment, as the United States shares a collective fear of genocide of children. is. Schumer said many Democrats wanted him to submit a background check bill quickly, but admitted that Republicans are likely to block the bill as well as similar measures in the past. ..
Maryland’s second Democrat, Stennie H. Heuer, posted a nationwide “danger” in a Twitter post Wednesday afternoon, bringing the bill to the chamber floor in the first week of June. He said he would enact the “Signal” law.
Such law allows police or family members to petition the court to order the temporary removal of firearms from persons suspected of endangering themselves or the public.
Schumer reflects Tuesday’s comment from Senator Chris Murphy, Connecticut, arguing that the best way to stop mass shootings is to focus on mental health rather than gun availability. Despised.
“The incidence of mental illness is about the same across developed countries,” Schumer said. “The United States is not an outlier for mental illness.”
“But we are outliers in the number of guns available in this country,” he added. “That’s why we’re shooting so many, but other Western countries aren’t.”
NRA did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Texas shootings and a series of other gun slaughter have re-engaged Democrats to pass stricter gun safety rules.President Joe Biden With an emotional speech on Tuesday He also called on Republicans to resist the influence of the firearms industry in order to curb firearms violence.
The White House asked if Biden had plans to visit Yuwalde, but refused to provide details. CNN reported that the administration is in the “early stage” of planning a presidential visit to Texas.
Schumer said at the end of his remarks that the Senate on Thursday would consider a bill passed by the House earlier this month. Mass shootings in Buffalo, New York 10 people died. Shooters targeted shoppers primarily at grocery stores in black neighborhoods.
Schumer called Sen, his GOP counterpart. Mitch McConnellJoin the Democratic Party and enable discussion and amendment of its law.
Known as the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, the bill will establish three new offices in the FBI, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, to monitor and investigate domestic terrorism. It will require an annual assessment of the threat posed by the American white supremacist and neo-Nazi ideology who contributed to the May 14 shooting of Buffalo.
It is unclear whether minority leader McConnell agrees with Schumer’s complaint. In his brief comment on Wednesday, Kentucky Republicans described the killing in Uvalde, Texas as “ill.”
“The hearts of the whole country are broken because of the victims and their families,” McConnell said. “Words simply fail.”
McConnell was not working on policy in his remarks.
Even if McConnell allows discussions on the domestic terrorism bill, Senate Republicans will probably stop it. As Schumer admitted, Republicans are likely to block the slate of other bills designed to reduce gun violence backed by Democrats.
Republicans have long argued that increasing access to mental health services is the key to ending gun violence. They say that stricter gun control would violate civilian right to armament.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that editing the gun law would not prevent “another act of evil and mass slaughter.” He quoted Article 2 of the Constitutional Amendment.
“Inevitably, when this kind of murder occurs, we see politicians trying to politicize it,” Cruz said. “There are Democrats and many people in the media whose immediate solution is to try to limit the constitutional rights of citizens to comply with the law. It doesn’t work. It’s not effective.”
On May 25, 2022, people gather at Robb Elementary School, the scene of a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
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Congress also adopts bipartisan legislation written by West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the 2012 school slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. I was able to choose that.
Several Democratic senators and at least one Republican expressed a new desire for a conversation about new gun control on Wednesday.
Senator Mark Kelly, an Arizona Democrat who will be reelected in November, said on Twitter: “Common wisdom that can be passed to reduce gun violence, which is in line with our rights and is endorsed throughout the political spectrum. There is a reform. “
Senator Susan Collins of R-Maine reportedly said she was contacted by Murphy’s office and was ready to discuss the so-called Red Flag Act.
But even the bipartisan Machine-Toomey bill has introduced universal background checks to gun buyers, and even those that crush the loopholes of firearms purchased at firearm shows and the Internet have been sluggish in the Senate for the past decade. increase.
The Senate voted 54-46 in favor of Manchin-Toomy bill In 2013, however, it has not yet overcome the 60-vote requirement to clear the Chamber of Commerce’s Filibuster Regulations.
Schumer acknowledged the political reality on Wednesday morning when he proposed not to vote for a bill that was not well-supported to pass the Senate.
“This isn’t the case for Americans who don’t know where the senator stands,” he said. “They know.”