Ten Republican Senators joined with the Democrat majority to broker a deal on a gun control package that includes funding for “red flag” laws that critics note violate due process rights and will certainly be used to target conservative voters. The deal has been reached and the vote is scheduled to take place later on Tuesday night.
“Top Republican negotiator Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who got booed at the party convention in his home state over the weekend, said he, Murphy and the other two top Senate bargainers had reached agreement,” Politico reported.
“The group of negotiators – which included Murphy, Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz., on the Democratic side and Sens. Cornyn and Thom Tillis, N.C., on the Republican side, had hoped to have the text of the legislation out by Monday – but nothing came through,” the report added.
“It lacks the stronger gun control restrictions that President Joe Biden pushed for, and came together on a day when new details emerged of the failures of law enforcement to confront a mass shooter in Uvalde, Texas,” the report noted.
While the gun control package is premised on increasing protection after the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting, there were a number of critical breakdowns in policing that have recently come to light. The Uvalde police were trained to respond to mass shootings at the school, had 19 officers with rifles and at least one shield in the school more than an hour before the killer acted, and the officers never tried to open the door to the classroom as they awaited a key from a janitor — it turns out the door was unlocked.
Thus, the gun control package passed in the Senate does almost nothing to address the law enforcement breakdowns that were the actual cause of the mass shooting. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer endorsed the bill. Read more