Former President Donald Trump took long-time nemesis Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to task in a post on his Truth Social platform following the Kentucky Republican’s vote with Democrats to advance debate on new federal gun control.
“Mitch McConnell’s push for Republican Senators to vote for Gun Control will be the final straw,” Trump’s post began.
“Just like he gave away the Debt Ceiling and got NOTHING in return, or handed the Dems a great sound bite and victory with the Infrastructure Bill, which is actually all about the Green New Deal, he is now forcing approval of the FIRST STEP IN TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS! Republican Senators SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS CAREER ENDING BILL!!!”He added.
McConnell is one of the 14 Republican senators to have signed onto Democrats in order to start discussions on federal gun control legislation. It will likely include an incentive to more states to approve so-called „gun rights laws“. “red flag laws,”These laws allow courts to direct police officers to confiscate firearms from people they deem to be at risk. Critics have called such laws unconstitutional because they deny people due process and their gun ownership rights.
To that point, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 last year that police unconstitutionally searched and seized a person’s guns under the auspices of a red flag law.
McConnell stated that he supported the bill that was negotiated and drafted by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
“I support the bill text that Senator Cornyn and our colleagues have produced,”According to The Hill, McConnell made the statement in a statement. “For years, the far left falsely claimed that Congress could only address the terrible issue of mass murders by trampling on law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights.”
“This bill proves that false,”He went on. “Our colleagues have put together a commonsense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
The Hill also adds:
McConnell’s support indicates the bill has a chance of garnering support from additional Senate Republicans who had not already endorsed the bill’s framework.
Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) (R-S.D.)
“My assumption is that based on that fact that they had 60 votes for the framework that they’ll have enough to pass,”He said.
McConnell was not the only Republican senator to support the legislation. The Washington Times reported that Rob Portman from Ohio, Sen. Mitt of Utah, Senator Thom Tillis, North Carolina, and Sen. Todd Young, Indiana.
“The tragedies that have impacted far too many of our communities deserve all of our attention,”Sen. Capito stated. “That’s why I have encouraged bipartisan discussions. … My vote this evening is a vote to continue this critically important debate because it’s a debate worth having.”
National Rifle Association warns that legislation as written could be misused.
“The NRA will support legislation that improves school security, promotes mental health services, and helps reduce violent crime. However, we will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level. It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners,”You said it.
“This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians. This bill leaves too much discretion in the hands of government officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions – inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms,”The group stated.
“Decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Heller and McDonald cases make clear that the Second Amendment is constitutional freedom. We will always fight for those freedoms – and the fundamental values we have defended for over 150 years,”You said it.
It was also opposed 34 Republican Senators, which included Missouri Senator Josh Hawley.
“Here we are voting to move on a bill negotiated entirely behind closed doors, released only an hour ago, that no one has had time to fully read, that ignores the national crime wave and chips away at the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens,”He said.
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