The mass shooting in Boulder has come two weeks later a judge blocked a local law banning AR-15 type weapons and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. And he came the day before a previously scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. At this hearing, Senator Ted Cruz said angry that “what happens in this committee after every mass shooting is that the Democrats propose to take the guns away from law-abiding citizens, because that is their political goal.”
Let’s start with the fact that this hearing was not Assumed coming in the morning after a mass shooting. It happened, spontaneously, because America. Can I bring in an American song here?
Cruz praised its own firearms legislation with Senator Chuck Grassley, who aims to prevent people with mental illness from having guns, saying that this, not democratic proposals, would do the most to prevent gun violence. He was doing it literally the week after eight murders were allegedly committed by someone who bought a handgun the same day, without delay, legally. The suspect in the Atlanta shooting doesn’t appear to have a history of mental illness, and of course the overwhelming majority of people with mental illness don’t shoot people. Other countries have people with mental illness and don’t have gun violence from the United States. Cruz hammers out a bill that would only stigmatize people, do nothing against armed violence.
Cruz also focuses his anger on the Democrats who want to withdraw weapons law abiding citizens at the same time as republicans are vehemently opposing the law on violence against women because it would reduce the “boyfriend loophole” by taking the guns away from stalkers and men who have committed acts of violence against women they have had relationships with.
Senator Marsha Blackburn described the importance of firearms to protect businesses from racial justice protesters, specifically citing Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Kyle Rittenhouse became a far-right hero by shooting and killing two protesters.
Sen. John kennedy insulted against tightening gun laws because “We have a lot of drunk drivers in America … We should try to fight that too. But I think what a lot of people on my side of the aisle are also saying is that the answer isn’t to get rid of all sober drivers. The answer is to focus on the problem. “
As founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts repliedKennedy “is a lackey in the gun lobby who knows that we have reduced the number of auto crash deaths with a host of solutions, including seat belts, speed limits and improved automotive technology. Congress has not even tried to do anything like this to reduce the death toll from guns.
We have licensing requirements for cars. We have insurance and seat belt requirements, and the cars themselves have been made safer and more secure over the years. If you drive while intoxicated, you may experience consequences in a way that many people do not face with unsafe handling of firearms. And you know what? Cars have a purpose beyond killing things. They kill things, because they’re big dangerous machines, but that’s not what cars do. Killing is the main thing guns do. Other uses are the side project when it comes to guns.
Mass shootings fell out of the news in 2020 because they were not happening in schools and supermarkets, but the shootings continued. There was a record number of mass shootings in 2020, USA today reports. They just performed in neighborhoods and to people that don’t get media attention. There was also over 41,000 gun deaths in 2020, more than 20,000 of them commit suicide.
Thus, Ted Cruz can save his indignation in the face of audiences that fall just after mass shootings. It’s like being outraged about a day that ends with Y falling right after a mass shooting. Marsha Blackburn has to come out and say directly what she implicitly conveyed: that the argument for guns is to preserve white supremacy. John Kennedy can be silent about cars, because Mr. Rhodes Scholar over there knows how wrong that argument is.
In the aftermath of the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reaffirmed that the Senate will vote sure background check bills already passed by the House, one of the bills having 84% public support. This will be yet another bill blocked in the Senate by filibuster and minority rule, as “54 senators who voted for the background check in 2013 were 76 MILLION more Americans than the 46 senators who killed Bill, ”as Ari Berman pointed out.
End the filibuster. Pass tougher gun laws.