A group of 14 Republicans voted with Democrats to advance a gun control bill on Tuesday night, less than two hours after the text was released.
An initial group of 10 GOP senators announced agreement on a framework for the bill last week.
Lisa Murkowski (AK), Todd Young (IN), Shelly Capito (WV), Joni Ernst (IA) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) join this group to help Democrats impose new restrictions on the purchase of firearms.
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who had signed on with the original group of 10 Republicans, issued a statement supporting the bill but did not vote.
Democrats only need 10 of those Republicans to vote on the bill’s final passage in the Senate, which will go through the House of Democrats and be signed by the Democratic president.
The ten GOP senators who signed the gun control deal that included funding for the Red Flag laws:
Republicans who just joined to push it forward:
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 22, 2022
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14 Republicans vote to advance gun control bill
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Advanced gun control package with help from 14 Republican senators contains enhanced background checks for anyone under 21, establishes federal grant program to encourage states to create ‘red flag’ laws and increases funding for school safety and mental health care.
The vote was designed to expedite the bill’s passage through the Senate, possibly by the end of the week, where it will then move through the House and presumably into President Biden’s office.
The TSWT reports that the bill represents “the most significant new gun control in a generation”.
Biden agrees, after describing the framework as not going as far as he would have liked, but still insisting that it “would be the most important gun safety legislation in passed by Congress decades ago”.
President Biden says ‘obviously’ the new bipartisan gun proposal ‘doesn’t do everything I think is needed, but it does reflect important steps in the right direction and would be gun safety legislation. most important to pass Congress in decades.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 12, 2022
Republican Senate Leader McConnell announced the text of the gun control bill presented by the 14 Republican senators as “a common-sense grassroots package of measures” that will respect the Second Amendment rights of respectful citizens laws.
There is no common sense in pushing through a bill that affects Americans’ constitutional rights while barely debating it.
The TSWT points out that the procedural vote “passed 64 votes against 34 in less than two hours after the broadcast of the final text”.
🚨 Breaking 🚨 Within TWO HOURS of the bill’s text being released, the procedural vote allows the Senate to pass an unconstitutional gun control package, including 14 Republicans. ⁰⁰Tell your senators to VOTE NO to the final passage of this bill, which will make gun owners second class citizens.
— Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) June 22, 2022
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Red Flag Incentives
The bill to be voted on includes controversial “red flag” provisions in which grant funding is suspended like a carrot for states to pass such laws.
“Red flag” laws allow authorities to confiscate firearms from people deemed to pose a risk to themselves or others, without having been convicted of a crime.
The Fifth Amendment protects Americans from being deprived “of life, liberty, or property, without due process.”
The bill, according to TSWT News, “provides grants to states that enforce their own red flag laws and provides additional funding for school safety measures and mental health services.”
14 Democrats would never join Republicans for any reason.
It just wouldn’t happen.
The @SenateGOP is not just useless. It is an opposition controlled by Dem.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 22, 2022
That said, the text does not include the phrase “red flag” anywhere – which may be more a product of semantics than anything else.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, asked by McConnell to “negotiate” with Democrats on gun control, felt the phrase was too controversial, he dismissed it. therefore changed to “crisis intervention”.
“Cornyn has rebranded ‘red flag laws’ — a toxic phrase among conservatives — as ‘crisis intervention,'” writes TSWT.
Cornyn, according to a report by The Hill, insists that “the legislation would not create a national red flag law, adding that states could receive the funding whether or not they adopt such a program.”
True conservatives in Congress have strongly opposed any continuation of “red flag” laws.
Rep. Matt Gaetz said supporting such gun laws because of an emotional response to tragedy is a betrayal of the Constitution, which protects Americans’ right to bear arms and to due process.
“You are a traitor to the Constitution, to the Second Amendment, to the Fifth Amendment, you do nothing to make mass shootings less likely,” he said.
.@RepMattGaetzPowerful message to Senate Republicans
“If you support red flag laws… you betray your constituents, you are a traitor to the constitution, the 2A, the 5A, you do nothing to make mass shootings less likely, and you put a target on your back of your voters. ” pic.twitter.com/D8y2MSt6va
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 2, 2022
MAGA Rep. Lauren Boebert hammered home the 14 Republicans and 50 Democrats in Congress who voted on a procedural advance to the gun control bill.
“Our Second Amendment is under siege from the very people it’s supposed to protect us from,” she said. tweeted.
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