Gun Control | A bipartisan agreement was reached

(Washington) Republican and Democratic senators Sunday agreed on some measures aimed at restricting access to firearms in the United States, a rare compromise but one that falls far short of the reforms Joe Biden is calling for after new killings.

Posted at 11:51 am
Updated at 1:41 p.m

The MPs’ initiative, launched after the Uvalde massacre that left 21 dead, including 19 children, at a Texas elementary school at the end of May, envisages certain restrictions on access to guns for those deemed dangerous, the strengthening of safety schools and the Funding safety schools before mental health programs.

The President of the United States immediately hailed “significant advances,” even if they don’t include everything “necessary” to “save lives.”

Nonetheless, it is the “most significant gun control text voted on in Congress in decades,” he said in a press release.

The presence of ten Republican senators among the signers of the press release announcing this compromise suggests that such a bill has a real chance of passing the Senate if all 50 elected Democrats are in favor.

Passing it requires a qualified majority of 60 votes out of 100 senators, which has so far blocked major progress toward better firearms regulation due to opposition from Conservatives.

With the support of elected officials from both parties, there is no excuse for delay and no reason not to act quickly in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Joe Biden

The President promised to publish the text immediately if approved.

A “common sense” suggestion

The Uvalde massacre and that a few days earlier in Buffalo in the north-east of the country had moved America and triggered several parliamentary initiatives.

A group of senators led by Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican John Cornyn have been working quietly for the past few days to find the deal announced Sunday.

The twenty senators, ten Republicans and ten Democrats, agreed on “a sensible, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, protect our schools, and reduce the risk of violence across the country,” according to the joint statement.

The agreement outlines the federal government’s support for state laws that would take the guns they own out of the hands of those deemed dangerous.

It provides for the funding of various support and psychological support programs and the strengthening of security in schools, in particular through the training of teachers.

These senators also want to strengthen criminal and psychological screening for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21 and better control over illegal gun sales.

“Our plan saves lives while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” the group summarizes in its press release, listing proposals but without presenting actual legislation.

Far from Biden’s demands

The day’s agreement “shows the value of dialogue and cooperation,” said Republican Senator leader Mitch McConnell. In a deeply divided America, agreement between elected Republicans and Congressional Democrats is rare, especially on this usually divisive issue.

But the compromise is a far cry from what many Americans are calling for, tens of thousands of whom took to the streets on Saturday in many cities across the country, including the capital Washington, to demand tough reforms from Congress.

Joe Biden had publicly expressed his support for the protests, listing the measures he would like to see passed but are missing from Sunday’s agreement: bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, background checks for all gun buyers – and not just for them those under the age of 21 – Obligation for individuals to keep their guns locked.

Christ Murphy tweeted the historic nature of the agreement, the first of its kind in 30 years.

The House of Representatives voted on another text on Wednesday that would ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21 and ban large-capacity magazines, but it has almost no chance of getting through the Senate.

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