Republicans and Democrats agree on a bill with modest US gun control measures | International

A protester, with a sign that reads: "Congress, stop doing nothing.  is killing people"this Saturday in Washington.
A protester, with a sign that reads: “Congress, stop doing anything. It’s killing people,” this Saturday in Washington.JONATHAN ERNST (REUTERS)

A group of Democratic and Republican senators have reached an agreement in principle on gun control to advance a bill that would combine modest new restrictions on access and possession with major investments in mental health and school safety. The agreement has the support of ten Democrats and ten conservatives and puts an end to a deadlocked dialogue for more than a year, when the dismay of the majority of public opinion after the mass shootings in Buffalo (New York) and Uvalde (Texas). If the initiative, advanced among other means by the newspaper Washington Post and CNN, progresses and becomes law, would be the most significant federal restriction since the 1990s.

Although a definitive text has not yet been drafted, the news represents a great advance, given the political and social polarization that the issue of arms arouses in the country, and it comes a day after thousands of people went out to the streets to ask for more control measures. Asked by journalists in Los Angeles, where he has participated in the Summit of the Americas, President Joe Biden welcomed the national call of the March for Our Lives group. “Keep marching [protestando], It is important. This has to become an electoral issue. the way they listen [los congresistas] that’s when people say, ‘Look, this will influence my vote.’ Too many people are dying unnecessarily.”

The agreement would include financing the implementation of laws red flag at the state level, which allow the police or family members to limit the right to own weapons through a judge; a reinforcement of mental health services, allowing the consultation of records in the case of those under 21 years of age and more means to reinforce security measures in schools. However, the bipartisan bill leaves out key measures championed by Biden and pro-gun control groups, such as banning the sale of assault rifles, banning high-capacity magazines, or raising the minimum age to buy guns. semi-automatic from 18 to 21 years (an initiative that has recently approved the State of New York).

“What is proposed in the House and the Senate is marginal,” Biden admitted in Los Angeles; “I mean, it’s… important, but it’s not all there is to do.” On the state of the negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, the president indicated: “They are moderately optimistic. I have spoken with [el senador demócrata Chris] Murphy multiple times. I also spoke with him yesterday, yesterday afternoon.” The Connecticut representative delivered a fiery speech in favor of greater gun control on the day of the Uvalde (Texas) massacre, with 21 fatalities (19 minors among them), the latest knock on public awareness of the phenomenon of armed violence.

The objective of the bipartisan group is to obtain the signature of 10 Republican senators before the official presentation of the agreement, the number necessary to overcome the mechanism of filibustering in the Senate, whose composition is currently divided between 50 Republican seats and 50 Democrats. The framework agreement was confirmed by three people involved in the negotiation, under the condition of anonymity, and is expected to be announced at noon this Sunday, local time, according to Washington Post.

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