After recent brutal mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, the House passed a gun control bill Wednesday that raises the age limit for purchasing semiautomatic rifles and prohibits the sale of ammunition magazines. There were 223-204 votes in favor of the legislation on a mostly party-line basis.
Furthermore, there is almost no chance that it will become law since the Senate is negotiating to improve mental health programs, strengthen school security, and enhance background checks. Democrats have an opportunity in November to frame their positions on policies that polls show are generally supported by voters if they support the House bill.
The House approved several of the most aggressive gun-control moves after years of struggle. These measures include raising the minimum age to buy semiautomatic rifles to 21 and banning high-capacity magazines as government seeks to mount a strict response against mass shootings. pic.twitter.com/TAo8selasj
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A Texas Democratic Representative, Veronica Escobar, said they could not save every life, but at least they could try. Today, the House is trying to take action on Americans’ demands across the country. Furthermore, House committee members heard heartbreaking testimony from families and friends of recent shooting victims. For example, Miah Cerrillo, 11, covered herself with the blood of a dead class fellow to avoid being killed by the shooter at the Uvalde elementary school.
The recent wave of countrywide mass shootings in the country stirred Congress to act immediately. However, the shooting of nineteen kids and two teachers in Uvalde’s school revied efforts so that Democratic and Republican lawmakers talking about the need to respond. Ohio GOP Representative Jim Jordan said that the answer is not to destroy the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, but that is exactly where the Democratic leaders want to go.
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Getting a bill signed into law will require the support of 10 Republicans in the Senate. An hour-long meeting took place Wednesday between Republican and Democratic senators, hoping to reach a compromise by the end of the week. However, participants said further debate was needed regarding a plan likely to propose modest steps.