A top Republican senator is convinced the U.S. Senate will say no to President Joe Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in an interview Wednesday that most members of Congress’ upper chamber would “reject” the idea if it were brought up for a vote.
“If there were a vote tomorrow to ban ‘assault weapons’ — I’ll make a prediction — a majority of the Senate would reject that vote,” Graham told the Examiner.
“There are Democrats living in red states that cannot vote for an ‘assault weapons’ ban, but every time there’s a tragic shooting in this country, the left uses it as a reason to grab a gun [from a] lawful gun owner,” the senator added.
Biden’s “common sense”
Biden’s call for a ban on what he calls assault weapons came after a shooting in Boulder, Colorado earlier this week that left 10 dead, including one police officer.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said Tuesday, according to Politico.
“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again,” the president added. “I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.”
“Not going to give ground”
In his interview with the Washington Examiner, however, Graham said Democrats like Biden are trying to tackle the wrong problem. “The weapon is not the problem, it’s the mental health issues around people who use the weapon,” Graham said.
The GOP senator also explained why it is that many, including Graham himself, own such “assault weapons.”
“I own an AR-15 — now, why do I own it? Because I have the right to own it, and I chose to own it,” Graham said, as the Examiner reported. “The AR-15 I own has a medallion on it with my reserve unit, so it means a lot to me, but if there’s a breakdown of law and order [or] a natural disaster and the gangs are roaming through a neighborhood, what house do they go to the last? The one without a gun, the one with a double-barrel shotgun, or the one with the AR-15?” he pressed.
“Republicans are not going to give ground on the idea of banning the ‘assault weapon,'” Graham declared to the Examiner.
We can only hope his prediction rings true.