US: In response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 21 people dead at Robb Elementary School, a bipartisan group of 20 senators led by Sens Chris Murphy (Democrat – Connecticut) and John Cornyn (Republican -Texas) on Sunday announced they have agreed to “a common-sense proposal” to curb gun violence.
In a major development, 10 Republicans signed onto the bipartisan framework, which means any legislation based on its principles has a good chance of mustering 60 votes and overcoming a filibuster on the Senate floor, reported The Hill.
US President Joe Biden applauded the deal, which he said “would be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades,” and pledged to sign it.
The nine-point bipartisan plan would send federal resources to set up red flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed dangerous to the community, invest billions of dollars in children and family mental health services, fund school-based mental health services, fund new safety measures at schools and strengthen criminal background check requirements for gun buyers younger than 21, reported The Hill. The announcement comes just in time to meet a deadline that Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) set for the bipartisan negotiations, reported The Hill.
Schumer threatened to bring gun-control legislation to the floor for a vote, whether or not it had bipartisan support if Republicans did not agree to something quickly.
Republican lawmakers have repeatedly blocked tougher measures, and are still resisting major changes to gun regulations, instead of pointing to mental health issues as the root of the problem.
The Democratic leader promised “to put this bill on the floor as soon as possible” once the text of the agreement is finalized, reported The Hill. – ANI