Senate Democrats say they have been encouraged by talks with Republicans on passing gun legislation, but have warned that any compromise will not cover all the steps they say are needed to reduce the violence. of weapons.
“Every day we come closer to an agreement and we are not moving away,” said Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, who is working with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas to reach an agreement.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hoped the two sides would find common ground after a wave of massive gun attacks in Buffalo (New York), Ovalde (Texas), Tulsa and Oklahoma. other areas.
“We hope that in the end we will have a result that will make a difference,” McConnell told a news conference.
New York-based Senate Majority Leader Chuck Sumer has said he will give the talks at least until the end of the week to reach an agreement.
The talks have raised hopes for a rare cross-party compromise deal in Congress on gun-related issues, as the two legislatures have failed to take legislative action following similar mass gun attacks over the past decade.
Most Americans support the strengthening of gun ownership legislation, according to opinion polls. Several relatives of those killed in the recent attacks have visited Washington, as well as celebrities urging action.
“It’s not for Republicans. It’s not for Democrats. It’s for people. It’s for human life,” said Kimberly Salter, whose husband, Aaron Salter Jr., was among ten victims of the supermarket attack. Buffalo.
Democratic President Joe Biden supports the effort, said White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre. “He is optimistic about what he sees,” she told reporters.
However, any agreement that emerges may not include all of the arms embargoes that both Biden and other Democrats say are needed to reduce gun violence, which has killed more than 45,000 Americans. last year.
Biden last week called for a ban on semi-automatic, offensive weapons and multi-barreled cartridges, or at least to raise the minimum age for buying these weapons from 18 to 21.
The perpetrators of the attacks in the cities of Buffalo and Ovalde were 18 years old and used semi-automatic weapons.
The Democratic-majority House of Representatives is moving to vote on some proposals, which are unlikely to be voted on by the Senate, where there is an equal share of seats between the two parties, as several Republicans oppose strengthening the control. .
“Obviously, an agreement with the Republicans will not be close to the full list of things I consider necessary to control this epidemic,” Murphy said. “But Americans are looking for progress. own.
Instead of the original proposals, Murphy and Kornin are considering more modest proposals to encourage states to pass “precautionary” laws so that those who are thought to pose a threat to public safety or themselves can not take up arms. upgrading school security, strengthening mental health services, but also activating a stricter framework so that weapons are not far away from those who should not carry weapons.
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