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    Default Here are the 10 Senate Republicans who are backing the bipartisan gun bill

    Here are the 10 Senate Republicans who are backing the bipartisan gun bill

    by Olafimihan Oshin - 06/12/22 9:48 PM ET

    A bipartisan group of senators announced a deal Sunday on framework legislation to address a recent surge in gun violence in the U.S.

    The proposed legislation includes funding for school safety resources, strengthened background checks for buyers under the age of 21, incentives for states to implement their own “red flag’ laws, penalties for straw purchases of firearms, and increased protections for domestic violence victims.

    The bipartisan group was made up of 20 senators, including 10 GOP lawmakers, many of which are strong supporters of gun rights and political allies of the powerful National Rifle Association.

    With support from those 10 GOP lawmakers, the legislation likely has the votes to overcome the 60-vote threshold to avoid a filibuster in the Senate.
    Here are the Senate Republicans who are backing the bipartisan gun reform legislation.

    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

    Cornyn was among the initial group of nine lawmakers who began discussing gun legislation after the mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas Elementary school last month that left 19 students and two teacher dead.

    Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed Cornyn as the GOP’s lead negotiator in the talks.

    “The tragedies in Uvalde and elsewhere cried out for action,” Cornyn said in a tweet Sunday amid news of the bipartisan deal.

    “I worked closely with my colleagues to find an agreement to protect our communities from violence while also protecting law-abiding Texans’ right to bear arms.”

    Cornyn, who has an A+ rating from the NRA, had previously offered assurances that he would not support any legislation that restricted gun rights.

    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

    Tillis also played an early role in the gun violence negotiations. He said he was not willing to support raising the age limit of purchasing an AR-15 to 21 years of age, which is high on the Democratic wish-list.

    Shortly after the Uvalde shooting, Tillis warned against blaming mass shootings on the proliferation of guns in America.
    “It’s horrible. And you know what we need to avoid is the reflexive reaction we have to say this could all be solved by not having guns in anyone’s hands,” he said, according to CNN.

    “We can always talk about reasonable measures, but we also have to talk about better situational awareness. I’m almost certain that in the coming days or weeks, we’re going to find out that there were signs that this person was at risk.”

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

    Blunt, who is retiring from his Senate seat at the end of this year, worked with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) on mental health provisions in the framework package, such as national funding for mental health clinics, which will provide 24/7 mental health crisis responses among other services.

    “We want to be sure that mental health care is not only available, but that we are encouraging people to seek care without the fear of stigmatization. This bipartisan proposal builds on the progress we have made and ensures community-based access points to care will be available over the long term,” Blunt said in a statement on Sunday.

    “It will help keep people safe while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, and I urge our colleagues to give it their full consideration.”

    Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

    Portman recently told NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV that keeping firearms away from dangerous individuals and implementing safety measures at schools were his focuses in the talks.

    “We have the opportunity to do something [addressing mental and behavioral health] that we should be doing anyway,” he said.

    Portman also noted he doesn’t want to infringe on citizens who abide by gun laws. He also expressed interest in making juvenile records more accessible in systems used to prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining firearms.

    Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

    Burr, who is also retiring this year, has received nearly $7 million in donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA), according to data from Brady United, placing him second among GOP senators onto to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

    Asked about Democratic gun control proposals following the Uvalde shooting, Burr didn’t say specifically what he opposed or supported.

    “If somebody’s got a solution to this, by all means, let’s talk about it,” Burr said. “But nobody’s proposed that they’ve got one.”

    Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

    Romney, who received over $13 in donations from the NRA, said in a tweet after the Uvalde shooting that “we must find answers” to the issue.

    In a statement on Sunday, he said “Families deserve to feel safe and secure in their communities.”

    “Proud to join my colleagues on this commonsense, bipartisan proposal that will save lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. It deserves broad support.”

    Romney has regularly opposed Democrat-proposed gun control measures, though he said in 2018 that he was open to considering “more effective background checks.”

    Bill Cassidy (R-La.)

    Cassidy said he was open to discussion on gun reform legislation in the aftermath of the Uvalde school massacre.

    Among the initial group of nine lawmakers, Cassidy suggested that “red-flag” laws and expanded background checks were not the right solution to the problem.

    “Senator Cassidy will always be an advocate for law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” Cassidy’s spokesperson Ty Bofferding said in a statement to the Daily Advertiser last month.

    “Cassidy is open to conversations about solutions that will actually work to prevent these kinds of mass shootings. Unfortunately, expanded background checks or red flag laws, as Democrats are proposing as a solution, would not have prevented the tragedy in Texas.”

    Susan Collins (R-Maine)

    Collins previously said she would like to see red-flag laws, which have already been enacted in her state of Maine, be part of the bipartisan proposal.

    “I believe that we should look at enacting a red flag law based on the one we have in Maine, which has due process rights and involves a medical professional in the decision,” she said last month. “I don’t know the details of the shooter, but it’s hard to believe he wasn’t mentally ill.”

    Collins also expressed her support for creating a process for keeping firearms away from those who suffer from mental health issues.

    “I really think our focus should be on looking at what the states have done, what some states have done on red flag or yellow flag laws,” she added.

    Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

    Graham has suggested that retired and former military members should provide armed security at schools, joining a chorus of GOP voices calling to “harden” schools against threats.

    “I will be working to create a certification process that allows former military members to go through school security training and become available to school districts throughout the country,” Graham said in a Twitter thread last month.

    “It is time to mobilize our retired and former service members who are willing to help secure our schools. Our schools are soft targets,” Graham added. “They contain our most valuable possession – our children, the future of our country – and must be protected.”

    Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

    Toomey recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he wants to ensure background checks on all firearm sales.

    “I certainly remain committed to the idea of the principle of the policy of expanding background checks to cover all commercial sales,” Toomey said last month. “I would also point out that even though we fell short, I think it’s the only measure that had bipartisan support — probably the only one, or one of the few, that would have it now.”

    Toomey first introduced an expanded background check legislation alongside Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in 2013 in response to the Sandy Hook massacre, but the bill failed to reach the 60-vote filibuster threshold.
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    Simple translation...we are F@#cked!
    ''... I believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people...are a safeguard to the continuance of a free government...whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast Republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.''- Gen. Robert E. Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Huk View Post
    Simple translation...we are F@#cked!
    How great it is for those on the R side now that FINALLY help some of this gun violence around the country. How great it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoppalong View Post
    gun violence around the country
    Crazed idiots burning and looting get shot by Rittenhouse as he defended his life; blame him, the shooter. Crazed idiot shoots up school, blame the gun.

    I'm sure this is all lost on you, though.
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    Here is what they hope to do in the gun safety bill:

    The proposal, which has not been written into legislative text, includes money to encourage states to pass and implement so-called "red flag" laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, money for school safety and mental health resources, expanded background checks for gun purchases for people between the ages of 18 and 21 and penalties for illegal straw purchases by convicted criminals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Man View Post
    Here is what they hope to do in the gun safety bill:

    The proposal, which has not been written into legislative text, includes money to encourage states to pass and implement so-called "red flag" laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, money for school safety and mental health resources, expanded background checks for gun purchases for people between the ages of 18 and 21 and penalties for illegal straw purchases by convicted criminals.

    Criminals are already prohibited from buying guns!!!!

    True it hasn't been written on toilet paper yet!!

    It is the DEMOCAT on the panel that's blabbing about the agreement.. Some of the 10 Republicats will not vote yes when its on the floor!!!

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    Cassidy is a poc, he ran for reelection with tons of ads with Pres Trump in them. He then, once elected, turned on Trump and the conservatives of Louisiana. He's from Chicongo and really has become the third senator from Illinois not the second sen from la. pathetic and praying for his salvation. prep and pray, the end has arrived.

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    Will the G.O.P. Finally Make a Deal on Guns?

    A bipartisan proposal offers Republicans the novel experience of running on a record of having acted to ease the gun crisis—if they can overcome their moral timidity.

    Amy Davidson Sorkin
    June 19, 2022

    At a press conference last Tuesday, Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, made a statement that was significant but also oddly cryptic. He acknowledged that there had been an effort to “come to an outcome after these horrible school shootings,” which had resulted in a “coming together,” he said, “behind a framework.” He added, “For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework, and, if the legislation ends up reflecting what the framework indicates, I will be supportive.” Then he stepped away from the microphone, having avoided using the word at the heart of the matter: “guns.” One might not have known, listening to him, that ten Democratic and ten Republican senators—enough, in the evenly divided Senate, to survive a filibuster—had negotiated what could be the most meaningful gun-safety law to get through Congress in a quarter century. He didn’t say the word until later, in answer to a question, when he referred to “off the charts” support for the framework’s measures reflected in a poll of “gun owners only—just people who own guns,” as if that were the only sort of poll that counted.

    It may not be surprising that such a poll would get McConnell’s attention, but it’s uncharacteristic of him to admit it. The G.O.P.’s pro-gun orthodoxy can be as irrational as it is remorseless, which is why the bipartisan framework is important. The immediate impetus was a mass shooting. John Cornyn, who has been leading the negotiations on the G.O.P. side, represents Texas, where nineteen children and two teachers were shot dead at an elementary school in Uvalde by a young man who had legally bought an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle a day after his eighteenth birthday. Of course, devastating school shootings are not a new phenomenon. The lead negotiator on the Democratic side is Senator Chris Murphy, of Connecticut. In a speech on the Senate floor after news of Uvalde broke, he spoke about the trauma of the murder, in 2012, of twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in his state, and the shame of the legislative inaction that followed. “What are we doing? Why are we here?” he asked. But something in the usual equation has changed.

    One indicator of the shift is the poll McConnell cited, which was conducted for the Common Sense Leadership Fund, a Republican-aligned group that is spending heavily to get G.O.P. candidates elected this fall. It surveyed people in “gun-owning households.” Eighty-four per cent of them said that they would support a package of legislation that includes—as the framework does—requiring more types of gun sellers to conduct background checks, making those checks more comprehensive for people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one, and providing money for school security and mental-health counselling. There was similar support for other elements of the framework: Seventy-nine per cent supported giving states financial incentives to implement “red flag” laws, which offer a route to temporarily take guns away from people who are threatening violence or experiencing a mental-health crisis. And eighty-six per cent favored closing the “boyfriend loophole,” which makes it easier for unmarried, non-cohabiting domestic abusers to have access to guns.

    It’s possible to have a pessimistic view of the deal. Eighteen-year-olds will still be able to buy semi-automatic assault weapons, even if the federal background check extends, for the first time, to their juvenile records (and thus should create a brief waiting period while those records are searched). It does not stop the drive in an increasing number of states to loosen gun laws and permit carrying guns in more public places. Nor can it stop the Supreme Court from ruling, in a decision expected in the next two weeks, that a New York law restricting open carry is unconstitutional. And it won’t stop interstate gun trafficking, although it does give authorities more tools to combat it.

    After Uvalde, one option for Democrats was to hold a vote on a more comprehensive bill that would have shown where each party stood, but that, because of the filibuster, would have had no chance of becoming law. Chuck Schumer, the Majority Leader, said that Murphy had instead asked him for “space” to try to find whatever common ground there might be. The second lead negotiator on the Democratic side is Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, whose relationships with Republicans are, Murphy told the Times podcast “The Daily,” valuable for getting the deal done. (The Republicans’ second negotiator is Thom Tillis, of North Carolina.) On MSNBC, Murphy said that the framework, despite its shortcomings, would save lives—for example, it could “stop a lot of suicides.”

    People who try to kill themselves are often acting impulsively, and, thankfully, the majority of them survive—unless they pick up a gun. According to Giffords, the gun-control organization, “Firearms account for 5% of life-threatening suicide attempts in the United States but over 50% of suicide deaths.” The framework means that Congress is doing something, rather than just continuing to be the passive observer of a national shootout. But Murphy is also making an argument for the power of what might be called radical incrementalism to effect major change, by breaking down resistance, allowing children’s voices to be heard, and, now, offering Republicans the novel experience of running on a record of having acted to ease the gun crisis. The struggles after Sandy Hook may not have been as futile as they felt.

    Still, a measure of the pressures within the Republican Party is that four of the G.O.P. senators who have been part of the negotiations are retiring this year. On Fox News, Tucker Carlson framed the deal as a dictatorial “gun grab.” He played a video of what appeared to be gang members, some of them Black, brandishing firearms, and then demanded, “Hey, John Cornyn, will your legislation do anything about that? . . . Fix those things and get back to me about the AR in my closet!” (Carlson, in a 2019 interview, said that he owns an AR-style weapon and that “all my guns are working-class guns.”)

    The hedging, deference to extremism, fearmongering, firearm fetishizing, and moral timidity that have resounded in the Republicans’ approach to the country’s gun problem over the years have not gone away, in other words, and will no doubt be part of this fall’s midterm campaigns. Murphy’s hope is to get a vote on a finished bill this week, ahead of the July 4th recess. The deal could still fall apart; McConnell left himself plenty of room to reject it. But it’s also possible that a note of common sense, however faint, has broken through. ♦

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