Gun control push bogs down quickly in Senate

On Monday, the Senate simply stumbled out of the gate when all its efforts for enacting even the modest gun legislation which in turn has given rise to a lot of doubts about whether Congress can do anything in the wake of the massacre that took place a few days ago in the month of February at a high school in Florida. Senate Republicans who are backed by the National Rifle Association and the President of the United States are actually pressing very quickly for the passing of a narrow bill whose primary focus is at the improvement of the records and the sharing of information in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But the attempt for passing the bill which is called Fix NICS had to face a lot of resistance from opposite ends of the political spectrum on Monday.

Senator Mike Lee who is a conservative opposed to the quick passage of the bill even as Chuck Schumer who is the Senate Minority Leader blasted the GOP for shirking a broader argument on gun violence. On the other hand Senate Democrats are of the viewpoint that the Fix NICS bill falls quite short of the action that Capitol Hill should be taking in this current situation of increasingly frequent mass shootings. Chuck Schumer said that if only Fix NICS is passed, then the situation would be right back to almost the same place after the next shooting. On Monday, Schumer said on the Senate floor that if all the members of the Congress do in response to the Parkland shooting is to pass Fix NICS then they all would not have done their job which they should actually do. He added that the Senate should at least pass legislation implementing universal background checks.

But this particular proposal has been rejected two times by the Senate in the past five years in spite of the public support for implementing background checks on Internet and gun show sales. The chief GOP sponsor of the Fix NICS bill rejected the urgent request made by Schumer for going much bigger than improving the existing system of background check system. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn mentioned that he is doing all that is possible and he said that he does not want to get bogged down again which is just not acceptable at any cost.

March 24, 2018 - 12:00
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