United States Senator Mitch McConnell at the Unity Rally held on May 22, 2010 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans gave another big win to Democrats by helping them fast-track a filibuster-proof anti-gun bill that includes “red flag” provisions and mandatory background checks for gun buyers under 21.

The Hill reports:

The measure advanced in a 65-34 vote. At least 60 votes were needed.

Those voting to advance the bill included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said he wanted to do something to respond to the shocking violence at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.

Lawmakers say the 80-page Bipartisan Safer Communities Act may prevent future school mass shootings by providing more than $8 billion for children and family mental health services, school safety officers and efforts to “harden” and improve security at school buildings.

It would close the so-called boyfriend loophole by barring people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses from purchasing or owning firearms, though they could have their rights restored after a period of at least five years.

The Daily Mail adds:

Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn was one of the chief negotiators, as there were fresh calls for stricter gun control laws in the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooting.

The same group of Republicans voted in favor of breaking the filibuster Thursday, with the addition of Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who wasn’t on hand for the first vote.

Other Republicans who voted yea include Sens. Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis and Todd Young.


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ICE
ICE
2 days ago

This BILL is so STUPID it hurts there is already a mandatory BACKGROUND CHECK requirement for the purchase of a firearm and those buyers under 21 yrs. of age are restricted to the purchase of long guns only! So the background requirement is just a rewrite of an existing law.! The red flag law is going to open a can of worms that should be left alone. All it will do is make it so anyone who is pissed at someone can call the police and file a red flag complaint against some one else and cause the loss of their fire arms. All this will result in is a lot of Officers being injured and possibly killed because some one is pissed at some one else.! RAGING STUPIDITY BY POLITICIANS.!

pondman
pondman
2 days ago

Very Nice this list came out before November elections. Another democratic plot to divide republicans in hopes of stealing another election.

Nancy
Nancy
2 days ago
Reply to  pondman

Most of the Rinos aren’t running this cycle, and some have announced that they will be retiring at the end of their terms.

BugD
BugD
2 days ago
Reply to  Nancy

Not soon enough

Mr.M
Mr.M
2 days ago

just wait till November!