In response to Democratic cries to “DO SOMETHING” in the wake of recent mass shootings, a group of Senate Republicans joined with some of their Democratic colleagues to hash out a framework of proposed gun law reforms that could be passed in a bipartisan manner.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday signaled his support for the framework agreement announced over the weekend — albeit only if the actual eventual text of a bill matches the basic proposed outline, Breitbart reported.
Of course, that is a pretty big caveat in McConnell’s declared support for the agreement, but his stance is concerning nonetheless as even minor concessions to the gun control advocates will be seized upon as a foothold to further expand in the left’s incessant efforts to undermine the Second Amendment-protected right of Americans to keep and bear arms.
McConnell a conditional “yes” vote
CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane tweeted Monday, “ALERT: Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announces he will support bi-partisan framework on new gun control and school safety legislation.”
“If text of legislation matches framework, McConnell appears to be a yes vote,” the reporter continued.
In a pair of follow-up tweets, MacFarlane noted that the Senate GOP leader called the framework “a step forward” — toward what, exactly, remains unclear — and McConnell praised the bipartisan group of negotiators as having “‘done the best they can’ … on gun control.”
McConnell: “the bipartisan group has done the best they can” … on gun control
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) June 14, 2022
What is — and isn’t — in the bipartisan framework agreement
Breitbart noted that Sen. McConnell had tasked Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to lead a group of Senate Republicans in negotiating an agreement with Democrats on proposed legislation regarding guns.
Cornyn announced Saturday a “commonsense, bipartisan proposal” and framework agreement that included nine major initiatives, the most significant of which would be federal funds in support of state-level “crisis intervention orders,” better known as “red flag laws,” in which an individual’s firearms can be seized preemptively if that person is believed to present an imminent danger to themselves or others.
Also included is funding for better mental health services and school security resources, crackdowns on prohibitions against those convicted of domestic violence as well as straw purchases for prohibited possessors, a clarification of the definition of a federally licensed firearms dealer, and a special additional review of juvenile criminal and mental health records for adults aged 18-20 who seek to purchase a firearm.
In truth, the proposed package is a mixed bag that includes a few measures normally backed by Republicans and, quite noticeably, leaves out nearly all of the major gun control demands put forward by Democrats, as Cornyn himself highlighted in a tweet, such as a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines, expanded background checks and waiting periods, and other proposals.
These are ideas we rejected in the bipartisan agreement on principles for gun-related legislation announced yesterday. Why? Because we knew that if they were included, the bill would not command the votes needed for passage. pic.twitter.com/dfrAWmYJM2
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 13, 2022