Congress doubts it can pass gun reform legislation in wake of Tennessee shooting
“We need to act. I don’t know if we have the support or not. But we have to try,” Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told Straight Arrow News.
“This is madness. To think that some people rationalize this as part of the Second Amendment is beyond me. I can’t believe our Founding Fathers would make America sign a suicide pact,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said.
Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn: “We have to work to protect children at school and that means increasing security. And I have, and I have had, legislation that would allow for training and hiring of veterans and former law enforcement officials to serve as school safety officers.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, R S.C., said he owns an AR-15 and does not support an assault weapons ban. He thinks mental health is the problem and enhanced school security is a solution.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “I don’t care what the magazine holds, the goal is to get guns out of the hands of people that are mentally unstable or criminals. So at the end of the day, I I don’t know if there’s much space to do more, but I’ll certainly look and see.”
Congress has approved multiple gun reform laws over the last few years.
In June 2022, lawmakers passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which:
- Expanded background checks for people under 21
- Created new criminal offenses for people who buy guns for someone who is ineligible, also known as straw purchases
- Extended federal firearms restrictions for people convicted of domestic violence
There could be Congressional support for helping states implement Red Flag Laws. They allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to take weapons away from an individual deemed to be a high risk for committing a crime.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal D-Conn: “We’ve heard before that gun violence prevention is impossible. And yet we’ve made progress as we come together. I’m not taking no for an answer.”