Biden exploits Colo. shooting in effort to get gun control passed

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The Iowa legislation, passed Monday on a party-line vote, rolls back a host of requirements for new gun owners that have been in place for more than two decades, the effect of large Republican majorities in the state Legislature.

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.

Republicans on the panel argued for narrowly tailored changes to existing laws to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill or criminals and bolstering penalties for government agencies that fail to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The host went on to lambaste Republicans in Congress for inaction on the issue of gun control, specifically targeting Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, who drew fierce backlash on Tuesday after comparing mass shootings to drunk driving during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control.

The House also passed a second bill to extend a certain review period for background checks from three to 10 days. The US president, Joe Biden, has urged senators to draft a number of bills that will, similar to the rest of the world, restrict public ownership of weapons.

Some Republicans hinted that they would be open to negotiations, though it was unclear if there were any real bipartisan discussions. But nearly no Republicans voted for these measures (one of the bills had eight GOP votes, the other two), and they have no chance of passage in the Senate unless Democrats curb or abolish the filibuster. "Grassley and Cruz's bill, which I support, would have tightened up the database, and it would have cracked down on people who have guns who shouldn't have guns".


Manchin and Republican Sen. 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. "Many of my Democratic colleagues filibustered it. 93% of gun suicides are white males", Rogers testified in her opening statement.

At the hearing, background-check advocate Robin Brule said it's time to close a loophole in background checks that resulted in her mother's death in 2016, when a home invader at her Arizona retirement community shot her and a friend while they were eating breakfast. Democrats also are pressing ahead with other legislation that faces Republican opposition, including voting-rights legislation. The gunman purchased the weapon on the Internet without a background check. "But in order to truly protect Americans and everyone living in America, we need a federal solution because guns cross state lines".

"I'm not the curator of the order, but I'm telling you that without a background checks bill, none of the others bills will be as effective as they could be", Feinblatt said.

There is, in short, no legal prohibition - unless the even more conservative Supreme Court now chooses to impose one - on the kind of common-sense gun regulations that are backed by most Americans.

-With assistance from Jordan Fabian.

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