Senate Passes Landmark Gun Violence Bill, House Next to Pass

WASHINGTON. On Thursday, the Senate effortlessly approved a bipartisan gun violence bill that seemed unthinkable a month ago, clearing the way for final Congressional approval of what will be the most far-reaching lawmakers’ response in decades to the nation’s brutal mass shootings.

After years of GOP procedural delays that thwarted Democrats’ efforts to curb firearms, Democrats and some Republicans have decided that congressional inaction was untenable after last month’s rampage in New York and Texas. It took weeks of closed-door negotiations, but a bipartisan group of senators came to a compromise that epitomized a gradual but effective movement to curb the bloodshed that regularly shocks but no longer surprises the nation.

The $13 billion measure will tighten background checks for the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms away from more domestic violence offenders, and help states enact red flag laws that will make it easier for authorities to seize guns from people deemed dangerous. . It will also fund local school safety, mental health, and violence prevention programs.

The election year package is a far cry from the stricter gun restrictions that Democrats have been pushing for years, including bans on assault weapons and the high-capacity ammo magazines used in the Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas murders. However, the agreement allows the leaders of both parties to declare victory and show voters that they know how to compromise and get the government to work, and leaves each side free to reach out to their core supporters.

“This is not a panacea for all the ways in which gun violence affects our country,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., whose party has made gun restrictions a goal for decades. “But this is a long overdue step in the right direction. Passing this gun safety bill is really important and it will save lives.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, alluding to the Second Amendment right to bear arms that drives many conservative voters, said that “the American people want their constitutional rights to be protected and their children to be safe in school.” “. He said “they want both at the same time, and that’s what the bill before the Senate will achieve.”

The day turned out to be bittersweet for gun violence reduction advocates. Highlighting the enduring strength of the conservative regime, the right-wing Supreme Court ruled to expand the right of Americans to bear arms in public. Judges struck down a New York law that required people to prove they had to carry guns before they could get a license to do so.

The final pass vote was 65-33.

Hours earlier, Senators voted 65-34 to end the filibustering of conservative Republican senators. This is five more than the required threshold of 60 votes. The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the measure on Friday, and its approval seemed imminent.

In that vote, 15 Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats, including two of their independent allies, in voting to move the bill forward.

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