Republican Senate Leadership Prepares to Capitulate on Gun Control
Prompted by President Donald Trump’s wholehearted endorsement of unconstitutional red flag laws earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement indicating that he is snapping into action in order to pass gun control.
“Today, the president called on Congress to work in a bipartisan, bicameral way to address the recent mass murders which have shaken our nation,” McConnell wrote in a press release.
“Senate Republicans are prepared to do our part. Today, I spoke with Chairman Graham of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Wicker of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Chairman Alexander of the Senate HELP Committee. I asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities,” McConnell added.
McConnell says he hopes the Senate can build on the gun control measures that they passed last year to further restrict firearms rights for Americans.
“It was serious, bipartisan work that led to last year’s successful passage of the Fix NICS Act and the STOP School Violence Act,” McConnell wrote.
“Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president’s signature. Partisan theatrics and campaign-trail rhetoric will only take us farther away from the progress all Americans deserve,” he added.
It isn’t just Trump and Senate Republican leaders who are capitulating on gun control. The National Rifle Association (NRA), generally considered to be a leader in protecting the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, is firmly behind the President’s proposal too.
— NRA (@NRA) August 5, 2019
Democratic Party leaders are already sensing blood in the water, and pushing spineless Republicans to accept even more gun control than they have proposed.
But he must gavel the Senate back into session to pass the bipartisan, House-passed universal background checks legislation immediately. https://t.co/VMqUDdH4He
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 5, 2019
It took less than three hours for the president to back off his call for stronger background check legislation. When he can’t talk about guns when he talks about gun violence, it shows the president remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 5, 2019
It is a dark day for Constitutional rights’ advocates who have put their hopes in the Republican Party, as they do the bidding of their liberal rivals by supporting gun control.