A bipartisan group of United States senators led from the Democratic side by Chris Murphy of Connecticut and from the Republican side by John Cornyn of Texas has reached an agreement on gun legislation that has the support of 10 Republicans.
“The is the closest the Senate has come in years to any action on gun violence,” remarked CNN’s Dana Bash as she interviewed one of the senate negotiators Senator Chris Koon of Delaware.
Although an aide to one of the Republican senators cautioned that “this agreement is in principle, not in legislative text,” suggesting that this is no time for celebration, it is noteworthy that right from the gate as many as 10 Republicans are willing to back some form of legislation on gun control.
The agreement however does not address ban on assault weapons or raising the minimum age for gun purchase from 18 to 21, which Republicans have flatly refused to countenance.
But as Senator Chris Koon agreed, coming at the heels of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, the Democrats believed baby steps to begin curbing gun violence are better than nothing at all.
The cooperating Republican Senators include Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Tom Tillis of North Carolina.
The rule of thumb is that all 50 Democratic Senators would back the eventual legislation, but there have been instances where senators have opposed agreements simply because they did not go far enough.
But if the negotiating senators stay the course and produce legislation that does not drastically deviate from the elements agreed in principle, then the senate can conceivably have 60 votes to approve some sort of gun control legislation likely to pass the House and signed into law by President Biden.
DNT News, from correspondence reports, New York.