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As ten Republican senators betrayed their base by pushing forward gun control legislation on Sunday, advocates cheered the move but it was predictably not enough, and now they want more.
Some advocates called the deal “historic” while others lambasted it as “pathetically weak.” Those in the latter group believe that it doesn’t go nearly far enough and since they have been given an inch on gun control, they now want a mile.
The bipartisan abridgment of the Second Amendment was reached early Sunday morning. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and John Cornyn (R-TX) led the way down the slippery slope.
The new legislation includes more funding for red flag laws, funding for mental health and school safety, closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole” which prohibits those convicted of domestic abuse from buying a gun, the birth of a subjective federal law against gun trafficking, and enhanced background checks on gun purchasers under 21.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 12, 2022
Hey Siri, show me a list of Senate RINOS. https://t.co/vhCkPKxA3g
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 12, 2022
Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head and gravely injured by a mass shooter in 2011, wrote on Twitter, “Eleven years ago, a bullet changed my life forever. Six of my constituents were killed, several more injured. And Congress has failed to get anything done since. But today, our country takes an important step forward with the announcement of a bipartisan framework on gun safety. This bipartisan agreement on gun safety could be the first time in 30 years that Congress takes major action on gun safety.”
Eleven years ago, a bullet changed my life forever. Six of my constituents were killed, several more injured. And Congress has failed to get anything done since.
But today, our country takes an important step forward with the announcement of a bipartisan framework on gun safety.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 12, 2022
Those who want guns banned in America salivated over the new legislation.
Yesterday tens of thousands #MarchForOurLives ; today it looks like the Senate is doing something. This is good news. The standard should be not is this everything we want , but will it save lives . #EndGunViolenceNow https://t.co/olt4sI5bNS
— Randi Weingarten ☮️🇺🇦 (@rweingarten) June 12, 2022
I want a ban on assault weapons, or at least a minimum purchase age of 21, but I’m elated & optimistic re @ChrisMurphyCT/@JohnCornyn deal. It’s the FIRST time in decades Congress could defy the @nra chokehold and take any sort of action. Pls call your Senators and urge support.🧡
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) June 12, 2022
It's not everything I wanted.
But there is nothing in here that's not needed.
737 kids from infants to 17 years old have died from gun violence.
Nearly 20,000 gun deaths this year so far.
260 mass shootings.
Thank you, @ChrisMurphyCT.
This is legislation that will save lives. https://t.co/yZXpJEAQ4a pic.twitter.com/jyI6Un5PHf
— Steve Marmel 💉💉💉💉 (@Marmel) June 12, 2022
“Today a bipartisan group of 20 Senators (10 D and 10 R) is announcing a breakthrough agreement on gun violence – the first in 30 years. Told you this time is different,” tweeted David Hogg, the co-founder of March for Our Lives.
Today a bipartisan group of 20 Senators (10 D and 10 R) is announcing a breakthrough agreement on gun violence – the first in 30 years.
Told you this time is different 🙂
— David Hogg ☮️ (@davidhogg111) June 12, 2022
“This is a historic, new beginning that breaks the stranglehold of the gun industry … This framework is laudable, but it is not the end of our effort. We will not rest until this framework becomes satisfactory legislation and President Biden signs that legislation into law,” Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Kris Brown said in a statement.
Others believe it doesn’t go far enough in stripping Americans of their right to bear arms.
— Douglas Keane (@douglaskeane) June 12, 2022
Sooooo….seems about right for Washington. Let’s not do a victory lap. It’s bullshit. https://t.co/0nkyWMeKRS
— Brooke Hammerling (@brooke) June 12, 2022
Thanks to the filibuster, we get the absolute bare minimum on a “guns deal” that does next to nothing about guns. https://t.co/j9E08LV3JK
— Heather Gardner (@heathergtv) June 12, 2022
Conservatives are infuriated over the legislation and the ten Republicans who collaborated with Democrats on it are being shredded for their perceived betrayal. Many want them primaried for it.
Conservative host Jesse Kelly was blunt about those who will decide if you are sane enough to own a weapon via red flag laws: “These are the people ‘red flag laws’ would empower to decide if you’re sane enough to have guns.”
These are the people “red flag laws” would empower to decide if you’re sane enough to have guns. pic.twitter.com/9lzPVKi8Bh
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) June 13, 2022
Conservative pundit Buck Sexton let loose as well, tweeting: “They want us to have faith in how the apparatus will use psychiatry for Red Flag Laws after they forced us to wear masks for 2 years like idiots and fired people from their jobs for refusing a shot that did nothing to stop the spread-”
They want us to have faith in how the apparatus will use psychiatry for Red Flag Laws after they forced us to wear masks for 2 years like idiots and fired people from their jobs for refusing a shot that did nothing to stop the spread-
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) June 12, 2022
And anger over the Republicans holding hands with Democrats to gut constitutional rights was swift and fierce:
All 10 Republicans that are going to vote for this need to be primaried. This is a small compromise that won't really do any substantial damage to gun rights, but I don't care, no Republican should compromise on even the smallest proposals with the dems. Vote all 10 out. https://t.co/bMv4R4TrWD
— Korben Dallas 🇺🇸🦅🗽 (@korbendallasNYC) June 12, 2022
We need the names…to primary all of them.
— erarmas33 (@erarmas33) June 12, 2022
— Michelle (@FoxyLoxy333) June 12, 2022
This gun control legislation isn’t about school/public safety, no more than the Green New Deal is about the environment or sustainability.
It’s all about control.
— Catalina Lauf (@CatalinaLauf) June 12, 2022
Every Senator that helped create or votes for the fake “compromise” gun control “deal” should resign in disgrace.
Fuck every one of them.
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) June 12, 2022
A complete non-starter. State-curated red flag laws will be even more unconstitutional than the proposed federal red flag law.
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 12, 2022
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