10 GOP senators join with Dems in breakthrough gun control bill; Mitch McConnell praises ‘hard work’

A bipartisan coalition of 10 Democrat senators and 10 Republican senators announced a “breakthrough agreement on gun violence” early Sunday afternoon, and President Joe Biden has already signaled that he’s itching to sign it into law.

“I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and the members of his bipartisan group—especially Senators Cornyn, Sinema, and Tillis—for their tireless work to produce this proposal. Obviously, it does not do everything that I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction, and would be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades,” the president said.

“With bipartisan support, there are no excuses for delay, and no reason why it should not quickly move through the Senate and the House. Each day that passes, more children are killed in this country: the sooner it comes to my desk, the sooner I can sign it, and the sooner we can use these measures to save lives.”

According to a Twitter thread posted by Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy, who apparently is the lead member of the coalition, the bill will, among other things, fund red flag laws, provide money for mental health and school safety, close the “boyfriend loophole,” and require enhanced background checks for gun purchasers under 21.

It’ll also institute the first-ever “federal law against gun trafficking and straw purchasing.”

View the thread below:

Despite what Murphy wrote in his final tweet about the difficulty of “drafting” and “passing” the bill, the fact remains that so long as 10 Senate Republicans remain aboard, the bill will absolutely make it through Congress.

The reason why is because Democrats only need the support of 10 Republicans to push it through the Senate. As for the House, Democrats need zero support from their political opponents to move any piece of legislation.

Plus, according to incoming reports, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Republican, has signaled his own support for the bill:

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, has also expressed support for the bill.

“After an unrelenting wave of gun-related suicides and homicides, including mass shootings, the Senate is poised to act on commonsense reforms to protect Americans where they live, where they shop, and where they learn. We must move swiftly to advance this legislation because if a single life can be saved it is worth the effort,” he said in a statement cited by NBC News.

The ten Republicans in the bipartisan coalition include Sens. John Cornyn, Thom Tillis, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Lindsey Graham, Pat Toomey, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Rob Portman, and Mitt Romney.

The ten Democrats meanwhile include Sens. Murphy, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Chris Coons, Martin Heinrich, Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Mark Kelly, Angus King, and Debbie Stabenow.

Backlash is already beginning to brew against the 10 Republicans who participated in the coalition:


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