Democrats make new calls for assault weapons ban after shooting tragedies | Gun control in the United States

Gun control returned as a main topic over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with Joe Biden and other prominent Democrats make new calls for a ban on assault weapons for the general public.

At the same time, questions have been raised about the funding of law enforcement in places that refuse to enforce the so-called red flag lawsafter shooting tragedies in Virginia and Colorado over the past two weeks.

“If you passed an assault weapons ban, you would see less mass shootings in this country,” Democratic U.S. Senator from Connecticut and leading gun control advocate Chris Murphy said on Sunday.

He added, “You’re not going to magically eliminate mass fire, but an AR-15 or AR-15 style weapon is usually the choice for mass shooters.”

Such a military-style rifle was used in shooting in an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado last weekend, although different firearms were used in the University of Virginia shooting football team players earlier in the month and at a Walmart store, also in Virginia, two days before Thanksgiving, in a tragic wave of violence.

The Democratic lawmaker pointed to a “dramatic decrease” in mass shootings after the decade-long assault weapons ban passed in 1994. “It wasn’t until the ban’s expiration date that we we started to see the mass shootings skyrocket.”

With Biden returning to the White House on Sunday afternoon after spending the Thanksgiving break with his family in Nantucket, the issue of guns has returned to center stage.

On Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day itself, Biden spoke on the “scourge” of gun violence, saying he wants to sign into law a ban on high-powered weapons that have the ability to kill many people quickly.

“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick. Just sick,” Biden said. “I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”

The Democratic-led House passed legislation in July to revive the ban on assault weapons from the 1990s, following the passage of a historic bipartisan gun bill, strengthening background checks and red flag lawswhich allow authorities to remove firearms from persons presenting a danger.

But the legislation is going nowhere in the Senate, where it would take 60 votes to pass and Democrats lack Republican support.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has admitted that an assault weapons ban and other restrictions on firearms will not pass through Congress, even in the lame duck session while Democrats still control the House, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth pursuing.

“Just because it’s legal [to buy a gun] doesn’t mean it’s the right thing. Slavery was legal but it was not right,” he said.

Murphy, who has been the Senate’s leading advocate for tougher gun control since at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, also told CNN on Sunday that one path Democrats could take is to restrict federal funding for law enforcement in counties that declare themselves gun sanctuaries. .

“We learned in Colorado that the county in which the shooting occurred was a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary state,” Murphy said. “The majority of counties across this country have said they will not enforce state and federal gun laws.”

“It’s a growing problem in the country and we’re going to have to discuss it in the Senate. Do we want to continue providing funding to law enforcement in counties that refuse to enforce state and federal gun laws? »

Red Flag LawsMurphy added, had proven hugely popular across the county, but “we have to do something” in the face of 60% of counties refusing to enforce gun control laws.

On NBC, Republican Congressman from Kentucky James Comer said regarding any additional gun regulations: “We already have plenty of gun laws on the books…the number one priority when it comes to crime in America for Republicans is going to be the fentanyl crisisregarding illicit drug trafficking across the country.

NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd noted at Comer that “the states that have the most firearms [control] laws have the least gun crime per capita, and states with the least gun laws seem to have the most… so there’s a correlation here, if you have more gun laws guns on the books as a state you have … fewer gun related deaths. This has been statistically proven.

Comer replied that in rural America most households had guns and “there isn’t a lot of crime” because criminals know people are armed.

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