2021-06-01 21:43:56 UTC
Meanwhile, Barack Obama turns loose 6,000 black criminals.
Senate Democrats on Thursday will unveil plans for gun control
reforms that include closing background check loopholes,
expanding the background check database, and tightening
regulations on illegal gun purchases.
The push is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and Debbie
Stabenow, D-MI, who on Wednesday sent a letter to their Senate
colleagues outlining the proposals. They are expected to unveil
the plan at 11 a.m. Thursday.
The lawmakers said in the letter that "the American people are
heartbroken and outraged" after last week's mass shooting at
Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
The changes would "bolster the background check system by
strengthening it and stopping those who try to evade it," the
It also calls for "shutting down the illegal pipeline of guns,"
specifically straw purchasing where one person buys a firearm
for someone not legally allowed to.
The senators say their plans will echo the failed Manchin-Toomey
bill of 2013, bipartisan legislation that called for universal
background checks in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
"These principles will be a rallying point for a public that is
eager for Congressional action, and will be the basis for future
legislation that we will demand receive a vote."
The senators will demand that "all domestic abusers" are banned
from purchasing firearms, and that people are not allowed buy
guns without a completed background check.
The announcement comes before President Obama's scheduled to
visit Roseburg on Friday, where he will visit victims' families.
Obama has said introducing common-sense gun laws would be a
priority during the remainder of his presidency.
Joe Manchin, D-WestVa., told Morning Joe on Thursday that his
legislation made sense after Sandy Hook, and it "makes sense
"If we're going to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners,
then we've got to stand up as law-abiding gun owners," he said,
adding that Democrats had sometimes "gone way too far on
things they've wanted to ban," but that gun reform was "common
Eighty-five percent of all Americans favor universal background
checks on gun sales, according to research conducted by the Pew
Research Center in July, while 79 percent favor laws that would
stop mentally-ill people purchasing firearms.