Bipartisan group in Senate reach deal on ‘gun safety’ legislation

In the wake of the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting that resulted in the death of 19 children and two teachers, politicians on both sides of the aisle vowed to “do something,” as many in the public demanded.

Over the weekend, according to Politico, news broke of a bipartisan deal reached between a group of 20 Democratic and Republican senators on a framework for a “gun safety” bill that addresses some of the concerns raised on both sides, but mostly by Democrats. 

Politico reported: “The emerging package is anchored around extra scrutiny for gun buyers under the age of 21, grants to states to implement so-called red flag laws and new spending on mental health treatment and school security.”

A number of people raised points on social media with regard to the new deal, noting that none of the proposed measures would have stopped the Buffalo, New York shooter or the Uvalde, Texas shooter.

Regardless, President Joe Biden, desperate for any win he can get for his party, said he would sign the bill, and praised the senators involved in crafting the framework for it over the past several weeks.

“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,” the president said, according to The Hill.

Biden noted that it didn’t contain all of the measures he wants, but said it was a good start. He then urged senators to pass the bill and send it to the House for the same result.

“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,” the president concluded.