Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is encouraging bipartisan conversations about gun control in the wake of a school shooting in Texas where 21 people died.
“I’ve encouraged him to talk to Sen. Sinema, Sen. Murphy and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that’s directly related to the problem. I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution that’s directly related to the facts of this awful massacre” McConnell said in a statement.
These comments from McConnell were in reference to Texas Senator John Cornyn’s apparent interest in passing Red Flag Law Legislation.
McConnell on what he told Cornyn: “I’ve encouraged him to talk to Sen. Sinema, Sen. Murphy and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that’s directly related to the problem. I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution …
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As reported in The Daily Caller:
“I think that is the kind of law that could have made a difference in this case, since … it appears that he suffered from mental illness,” Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday of red-flag laws. “It’s my understanding that he bought his weapon legally and passed a background check, so I really think our focus should be on looking at what some states have done, red flag or yellow flag laws.”
Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham negotiated a red-flag law in 2019 in the aftermath of shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, although it failed to clear a filibuster. Blumenthal expressed interest in reintroducing the legislation.
“I think there’s common ground on a red flag statute,” he told The Hill, adding that the Senate had “come close” before.