Schumer says Democrats want to craft gun reforms with GOP after Texas school massacre

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  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday vowed to restart his efforts to toughen America’s gun control laws.
  • But Schumer acknowledged that Republicans will likely block additional firearms regulation even after Tuesday’s mass shooting in Texas killed 19 children and two teachers.
  • Schumer said the Senate would review the gun-control bill the House approved in May on Thursday, days after a separate mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday pledged to renew his efforts to pass stringent US gun-control laws, but acknowledged Republicans could potentially be killed by a gunman at a Texas elementary school with 19 children and two teachers. Will block the new gun rules even after killing the .

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Schumer, the chamber’s top Democrat, called on his Republican colleagues to oppose the influence of the National Rifle Association, a powerful pro-gun lobbying group, and join Democrats to discuss what measures Congress can take to reduce mass shootings.

“Please, please, please, damn it, put yourself in these parents’ shoes for once,” the New York lawmaker said from the Senate floor a day after the teen gunman killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas. was murdered.

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“Maybe that idea—putting yourself in the shoes of these parents instead of the arms of the NRA—could free you from the clutches of the NRA,” Schumer said, adding, “You might even need a simple free to act.”

As America shares its collective terror over the mass killing of children, the Senate is unlikely to pass gun-safety legislation before lawmakers leave for the Memorial Day recess. Schumer noted that many Democrats want him to quickly move a House-passed background check bill, but acknowledged that Republicans could block the law — as they have had similar measures in the past.

Democrats have long blamed Republicans against gun policy changes for the NRA, its millions-strong membership, and significant funding.

Majority leader, Sen. Chris Murphy, echoing Tuesday’s comments by D-Con, denounced Republicans who argue that the best way to prevent mass shootings is to focus more on mental health than gun availability. To do.

“Rates of mental illness are more or less the same in the developed world,” Schumer said. “America is not the outsider on mental illness.”

“But we are an outlier in the sheer number of guns available in this country,” he said. “That’s why we have so many shoots and other western countries don’t.”

The NRA did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The shootings in Texas and several other gun homicides have relegated Democrats to pass tough gun-safety rules. President Joe Biden in an emotional speech on Tuesday called on Republicans to oppose the firearms industry’s influence in helping curb gun violence.

The White House, asked if Biden plans to visit Uvalde, declined to provide details. CNN reported that the administration is “in the early stages” of planning a presidential visit to Texas.

At the end of his remarks, Schumer said the Senate would consider Thursday the bill that the House passed earlier this month, days after a separate mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 10 people. The gunman targeted shoppers at a grocery store in a predominantly black neighborhood.

Schumer called on his GOP counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell, to join the Democrats and allow that law to be debated and amended.

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The bill, known as the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, would create three new offices in the FBI, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security to monitor and investigate domestic terrorism. This would mandate a biennial assessment of the threat posed in America by white supremacists and the neo-Nazi ideology that contributed to the May 14 shooting of Buffalo.

It is unclear whether minority leader McConnell will agree with Schumer’s appeal. In his brief remarks Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican described the killings in Uvalde, Texas, as “sickening.”

“The hearts of the entire nation are broken for the victims and their families,” McConnell said. “Words just fail.”

McConnell did not address the policy in his remarks.

Even if McConnell allows discussion on the domestic terrorism bill, Senate Republicans can block it. As Schumer also acknowledged, the GOP will likely block a slate of other bills designed to reduce gun violence that Democrats support.

The GOP has argued for years that the key to ending criminal gun violence is greater access to mental health services. He says strict gun rules would infringe on private citizens’ right to own weapons.

Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, said Tuesday that editing gun laws will not prevent “another act of evil and mass murder.” He referred to the Second Amendment.

“Essentially when this kind of killing happens, you see politicians try to politicize it,” Cruz said. “You see Democrats and a lot of people in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. It doesn’t work. It’s not effective.”

Congress can also pick up on bipartisan legislation written by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and GOP Sen. Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania in 2012 after the school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Several Democratic senators and at least one Republican signaled a renewed appetite for talks about new gun rules on Wednesday.

Mark Kelly, an Arizona Democrat running for re-election in November, wrote on Twitter that “there are common sense reforms we can do to reduce weapons violence that align with our rights and are supported across the political spectrum.”

Susan Collins, R-Main, reportedly said she’s heard from Murphy’s office and is ready to discuss a so-called red flag law. Such laws allow police or family members to petition a court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person suspected of posing a danger to themselves or the public.

But even the bipartisan machine-to-moi bill, which would put universal background checks on gun-buyers and plug loopholes for firearms purchased at gun shows and over the Internet, has been lingering in the Senate for the past decade.

Senate votes 54-46 in favor of Munchkin-Tumey bill in 2013, but has yet to pass the 60-vote requirement to clear the chamber’s filibuster rule.

Schumer acknowledged that political reality Wednesday morning when he suggested he would not vote on a bill that lacks enough support for the Senate to approve.

“This is not a case of the American people not knowing where their senators stand,” he said. “They know.”

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