Colorado shooting: US President Joe Biden calls for gun control

Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2021

But Virginia's Democratic lawmakers failed to ban assault weapons or curtail the sale of high-capacity magazines - the sort of restrictions that would limit the availability of military-style weapons used in numerous nation's worst mass shootings.

John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group backed by Bloomberg, said Tuesday that the politics of gun control had "completely changed" since the Sandy Hook shooting.

Democrats said Tuesday that they are pushing toward a vote on expanded gun control measures as the nation reels from its second mass shooting in a week. "I'm not trying to perfectly equate these two but... we have a lot of drunk drivers in America that kill a lot of people, we ought to try to combat that too".

In effect, it would require agencies and institutions to submit records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in order to prevent people with criminal backgrounds from obtaining firearms. The 1993 Brady Act establishing a nationwide background check for gun buyers received 54 Republican votes in the House and 16 in the Senate.

Less than a week after a man in Georgia was arrested for a killing spree that left eight people dead-six of them Asian women-Colorado authorities said 10 people were killed in after another mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder. "This is not - it should not be a partisan issue". This is an American issue.

Schumer said the recent shootings add to the need to act. He also said that a failed bill introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley and Ted Cruz would have narrowed down the database and "would have cracked down on people who have guns who shouldn't have guns". "I've said that, and it will happen". A Pew Research Center poll in September 2019 showed a wide majority of Americans, 88%, supported making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, which is what the House-passed bill would do.

Mass shootings in the US since 2010
Biden calls for ban on assault weapons, tighter gun control

Some Republicans hinted that they would be open to negotiations, though it was unclear if there were any real bipartisan discussions.

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But Cruz insisted that Democrats were attempting to leverage their own political power to push forward an agenda, and in the process, "disarm law-abiding citizens" and "make them more likely to be victims". Dick Durbin, of IL. But the story on guns is the same as on every other issue from voting rights to global warming to covid-19: The GOP is becoming more right-wing over time.

"A majority doesn't count in the United States Senate", said Durbin, who also is the No. 2 Democratic leader. They just don't. I mean, we have heard it in terms of police officers. She says the home invader who killed Schwed bought a gun on the internet without a background check. But most of all, Judy, I would tell you that I'm spending my time trying to help our community heal. "Because no family should have to get that call that I got from police 5 years ago -- the worst call in the world".

The US federal law involves several restrictions for arms possession, using a number of databases which in many cases are not networked and have crucial gaps in their information. Before a 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision in 2008 written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court had never found that the Second Amendment - written to protect "well regulated" state militias - conferred an individual right of gun ownership. (The comparable figure for England and Wales, which have strict gun control laws, is 3 percent.) Guns are responsible for even more suicides than murders. The bill's sponsor expressed relief that Iowans would be able to exercise their gun rights "without a permission slip".

-With assistance from Jordan Fabian.