ANALYSIS – The Senate now appears set to pass reasonable and bipartisan gun safety legislation. And this is a very good thing.

This is due to key Republican support for the measures which include providing billions of dollars in mental health grants to states, restricting gun buying for convicted domestic abusers and individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders, and strengthening background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21.

The bipartisan framework gained momentum after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) endorsed it Tuesday.

Ten other Senate Republicans, led by Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the chief Republican negotiator, have already signed onto the framework.

While some leftist activists see this as a win for gun control, it isn’t.

These common-sense gun safety measures are a far cry from banning guns, banning AR-15 style rifles, or ‘high capacity’ magazines, as the radical left wants.

Republicans rightly rejected all Democratic proposals to restrict gun ownership, including universal background checks, banning people between the ages of 18 and 21 from buying AR-15-style rifles and a 21-day waiting period for 18- to 21-year-olds for all gun purchases.

What they backed are reasonable ideas that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals, domestic abusers and mentally ill individuals and boost funding for mental health treatment, which is the root cause of most mass shootings.

Some of these popular proposals, which I back, were included in the thoughtful column written by actor Matthew McConaughey which I wrote about here.

The Hill reported that:

McConnell said a poll of gun owners presented by Cornyn at the Republican lunch on Tuesday showed “support for the provisions of the framework is off the charts” and “overwhelming.”

The GOP leader specifically highlighted the proposal in the framework to give the National Instant Criminal Background Check System access to the juvenile crime records of gun buyers between 18 and 21 years old, praising it as “a step in the right direction.”

As for the more controversial ‘Red-Flag’ laws. Per my comments in my earlier piece, The Hill noted that:

Cornyn emphasized the legislation will not create a national red flag law to take guns away from people deemed a danger to their community. Instead, the bill would provide money to states to implement their own gun safety laws.

This is key. As I noted in my piece, I would support so-called ‘Red Flag’ provisions similar to the ones enacted by Republicans in Florida: “But only if it is done at the state and local level.”

I added:

As the 2nd Amendment states: Congress can pass no law to abridge our right to bear arms.

These court orders must also not have any connection to ‘no-fly’ or other government watch lists which are notoriously faulty.

And this current legislation avoids all that.

“Some have mischaracterized this provision as an incentive for states to pass a red-flag law, but that’s something I’m trying to avoid,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Congress should not only send federal funding to those states, but also other states that are doing things to deal with people in crisis.”

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is laying low, saying it won’t take a position on the framework until it sees legislation. According to Cornyn, who has an A+ rating from the group, they did offer “suggestions, advice, I guess, or technical pointers” after members began drafting the legislation.

Republicans should back this gun safety framework because it’s good legislation, but it’s also good politics less than five months ahead of the midterms.

It’s an especially winning issue for suburban women, whom Republicans have struggled to appeal to in the last two election cycles and are rightfully fearful of their shootings at their kids’ school.  ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
5 months ago

I’ll do my own gun safety thank you. And I will never be controlled. Start with locking up anyone making threats and keep them for several years. And keep violent felons locked up. Being a felon with a gun should be mandatory no bail, no parole and 25 years

5 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

These psychopaths are let go in a ever revolving door, and these incidents are occurring more frequently because of George Soros DA’s who won’t lock them up because they’re after an Agenda 21.

Daniel Askins
Daniel Askins
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

As usual these stupid ass holes who want your gun rights eliminated are trying to convince
some weak Republicans to jump on the band
wagon To make laws to satisfy there
deep seated need to make the world less safe for the average family who will never hurt anyone using a gun or any other kind of weapon. We must let these Marzist commies know they will never let them take our means to protect our families. Some one said just say No. That applies to what we the lawful public
are saying to The Marzist commies.

5 months ago

Won’t matter. Crazy is as crazy does.

5 months ago

Red flag laws are Unconstitutional to begin with. None of this so called “gun control” is good at all. Anyone who supports red flag laws needs to read upon on them and understand they are guilty until proven innocent and do not get representation when it goes in front of a judge. If someone doesn’t agree with you, or a pair you made is social media, all they have to do is turn you in on red flag laws and bam, there goes your guns and your rights. I didn’t agree with Trump’s stance on them either as he supported them as well.