U.S. House votes to raise age to buy an assault rifle to 21
Nancy Pelosi (Derbyshire) is the Speaker of House. She speaks to hundreds of gun safety supporters, survivors of gun violence, and other gun violence prevention organizations at a rally demanding that gun legislation be passed. It was held in Washington on June 8, 2022.
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Although the Senate is not likely to approve the bill, Wednesday’s House vote approved a broad gun bill. This would have raised the minimum age for purchasing an assault rifle in America from 18 to 21.
Protecting Our Kids Act is a bill that would prohibit the sale of large capacity magazines. New rules will also be established to ensure proper storage for guns at home. This bill was passed by the chamber with a 223-204 vote.
The House earlier voted by a 228 to 199 margin to include the purchasing age provision — under heavy scrutiny after two recent massacres carried out by 18-year-olds — in the broader bill. The proposal was supported by Democrats in a majority party-line vote. Five Republicans supported it, and two Democrats opposed.
This package comprises several pieces of legislation that are designed to restrict access to firearms and other firearms equipment following the massacres last month in Buffalo (New York) and Uvalde (Texas), which left 31 Americans dead.
The Untraceable Firearms Act is another component of this legislation. It would strengthen regulations regarding ghost guns or firearms that don’t have a serial number. For firearms lacking serial numbers, it is much harder for law enforcement officers to identify who owns and where they are located.
The Democratic majority is likely to vote for the House, stronger gun lawsHowever, the success of their efforts is mostly symbolic. Senate Republicans who can block legislation by a filibuster, which is a vote of 60 to defeat, have united their opposition to gun restrictions in the House and will block it from moving forward.
The Senate is split 50-50, with Kamala Harris as the crucial tiebreaker vote. Democrats have to convince 10 Republicans that they will support legislation. An bipartisan group is negotiating a smaller compromise bill to strengthen background checks, increase mental health care and boost school security.
Analysts believe that the House bill will not be supported by enough people because of the Uvalde elementary school massacre on May 24, Texas and the racist attack at the Buffalo supermarket on May 14, New York.
A gunman at Robb Elementary in Uvalde shot 19 children and two teachersDeath, while the attacker in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo killed 10. These gunmen, both aged 18, carried AR-15-style assault rifles.
The victims’ parents, the law enforcement officers and one Uvalde shooting survivor aged 11 years old were there to support them. appeared before Congress on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to pass new gun laws.
Kimberly Rubio was the mother of Lexi Rubio (10 years old), who died in a car accident. She told lawmakers, through tears, that she didn’t want Lexi to be remembered “just as a number.”
Rubio said that she was “intelligent, compassionate, and athletic.” Rubio said that she was shy and quiet unless she had something to say. Our testimony is being heard by a mother who listens to us and thinks, “I cannot even imagine their pain,” not realizing that her reality may one day be mine. We must act immediately.
Senate leaders were reelected in the aftermath of both massacres. Chuck SchumerD-N.Y. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blessed bipartisan talks in the upper chamberA narrower range of firearm rules will be adopted.
Sen. Chris Murphya Democrat hailing from Connecticut. John CornynTexas Republican, John Sullivan, is the leader of these deliberations. He has so far focused his efforts on tighter background checks and more red flag laws.
If the individual is considered a danger to the public or themselves, family members and coworkers can petition the court for the confiscation of weapons.
The bipartisan Senate ideas — while far less stringent — are Democrats’ best shot to send any gun legislation to the desk of President Joe Biden for signature into law. Murphy met Tuesday with the president to discuss bipartisan negotiations.
Karine Jean Pierre, White House Press Secretary, stated Tuesday that Biden is in favor of red flag laws and stricter background checks.
Jean-Pierre explained that not all components of President Obama’s request are going to prevent every tragedy. We must take steps and move on, but we need to.
Aides say that despite overwhelming support by congressional Democrats and from the White House for new gun legislation, Senate odds are difficult because the vast majority (over 90%) of Republicans will not vote for any gun bill with a slightly more restrictive gun policy.
Cornyn admitted Wednesday’s political realities from the Senate Floor, but maintained a positive tone in cross-party negotiations.
“I am happy to state that on this issue we are making steady advances. He said that although it is still early, he was optimistic about the future. How can I be optimistic? My optimism is that the Senate can pass this bill and the House can too. The President will sign the bill. It will be the law.
Texas Republican Senator John Conyers said he was focusing his attention on the critical importance of young adults having access to mental healthcare services, and that schools have adequate security protocols.
A law would also require that juvenile records be uploaded to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, he said.
A background check was passed because the young Uvalde man turned 18 without any look at his juvenile records. Cornyn described it as if the 18-year-old was born today and nothing from his past is important. That’s clearly a problem.