Gun Control | A bipartisan agreement was reached

(Washington) Twenty American Senators, Republicans and Democrats, on Sunday announced an agreement on several provisions to better regulate the use of firearms, measures at least after the recent killings that shocked the United States.

Posted at 11:51 am
Updated at 12:36 p.m

These measures, which are likely to win a Senate majority, include an encouragement for states to withdraw guns from those deemed dangerous and others targeting mental health and safety in schools, but do not include those advocated by Democrats and Joe Biden called for major reforms.

The President of the United States, however, immediately hailed the “insufficient but “significant progress” and estimated in a press release that it would be “the most significant gun control text to be voted on in Congress in years.”

The presence of ten Republican senators among the signers of the press release announcing this compromise suggests that such a text has a real chance of passing the Senate if all 50 elected Democrats are in favor. Passing such a bill will require a qualified majority of 60 votes, which has so far blocked any major progress towards better firearms regulation due to opposition from Conservatives.

A “common sense” suggestion

The massacre in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, with 21 dead, including 19 children, triggered several parliamentary initiatives, including that of this group of senators led by Democrat Chris Murphy, who have been working discreetly in recent days to bring order to an agreement found that can be approved by Congress.

The 20 senators, 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats agreed on “a sensible, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe and reduce the risk of violence across the country,” the joint statement said.

Her proposals also include stricter criminal and psychological background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21, and federal funding for various mental health programs.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of Americans took to the streets in many cities across the country, including the capital Washington, to “stop these massacres” and demand that Congress pass reforms aimed at better limiting access to gunfire.

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

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted for another text with tougher measures, including banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21 and banning large-capacity magazines, but it has almost no chance of reaching the Senate.

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