“It may be a personal responsibility not to shoot people with a gun,” said Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley. eternally. “
Beyond the electoral office, some Republicans seemed to have enough. Former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist, who served as majority party leader from 2003 to 2007, I wrote on Twitter: “I can’t imagine this was what the founding father wanted or intended. We can find a way to save the lives of our children while maintaining the intent of Article 2 of the Constitutional Amendment. . “
Such feelings were difficult to find among elected Republicans.
Schumer put together a call for negotiations as strategic.Easy voting Law passed at home Strengthening background checks will almost certainly be a filibuster. Republicans will complain about wasting time voting on political shows. Democrats will blame Republicans for their opposition. Nothing can be achieved and the Senate will move on.
At least negotiations could keep gun safety a living issue for some time.
West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito said of Yuvalde’s bloodshed: “When this happens, I think it awakens the sensibility for the big picture.” I think that’s what we’re working on right now. “
But it was not clear that much had changed. Mr Manchin has shown that he has not expressed opposition to changes in the Senate filibuster rules that would allow Democrats to push gun control legislation over unified Republican opposition. He argued that with good intentions, a wide range of compromises could be reached and no such move was necessary.
“If you can’t get 70 or 75 senators who don’t vote for the common sense protection of your children and grandchildren, what are we here for in the world?” Manchin asked. “What is the purpose of being in the US Senate? At least not to protect the children?”
The first start of the discussion has begun. Murphy contacted two of the four Republicans who voted for the bipartisan background check bill co-sponsored by Manchin in 2013, Toumi in Maine and Senator Susan Collins.