This past Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated on the floor of the Senate, saying that the Senate will talk about the issue of the “epidemic of gun violence” in America.
When talking about the shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people this past week, and the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday that claimed the lives of 10 people, Schumer stated: “We cannot seem to finish grieving one tragedy before another takes place. It is a reminder that we must confront a devastating truth in the United States: an unrelenting epidemic of gun violence steals innocent lives with alarming regularity.”
He continued to state, “Even amidst the pandemic, gun violence has not receded. In fact, confoundingly, it is has grown even worse. 2020 was one of the deadliest years for gun violence in two decades, a reminder that most gun violence doesn’t even make headlines, but nonetheless causes immeasurable devastation to communities from one end of our country to the other. So we have a lot of work to do.”
Schumer added, “I have already committed to bringing universal background checks legislation to the floor of the Senate. There is a hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, under Chairman Durbin’s leadership, to examine several common-sense proposals to reduce gun violence.”
“Two summers ago, the Republican Leader, then the Majority Leader, promised there would be a debate in the Senate on gun violence. But it never happened. It never happened. This Senate will be different. This Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”
This past month, the House of Representatives passed bills regarding gun control reform. The Daily Wire stated that if those bills were to be pushed through and signed into law the bills “would mandate background checks on all gun purchases and extend the time federal officials may hold up a purchase to look into the buyer’s history.”
On Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that was scheduled before the shooting in Georgia and Colorado, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas made a strong argument against Democrats’ attempts to use the emotion and momentum of the tragedies to push their own legislation.
“Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders,” Cruz stated, as reported by The New York Times. “But what they propose — not only does it not reduce crime, it makes it worse.”
The bill has currently been passed through the House but is not expected to get the required 60 votes needed to make it through the Senate.