“Today, the president called on Congress to work in a bipartisan, bicameral way to address the recent mass murders which have shaken our nation,” McConnell said in a statement. “Senate Republicans are prepared to do our part.”
He did not specifically detail the type of legislation he would support. But McConnell’s comments come amid a bipartisan effort from GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut for a bill that would create a federal grant program to assist states in adopting so-called “Red Flag” laws.
In his statement, McConnell said he has spoken with Senate committee leaders and “asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights.”
“Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president’s signature," McConnell said. "Partisan theatrics and campaign-trail rhetoric will only take us farther away from the progress all Americans deserve.”
The back-to-back mass shootings this weekend have left at least 31 dead and more injured.
The Graham-Blumenthal bill would “assist and encourage” states to adopt Red Flag laws to “timely intervene in situations where there is an imminent threat of violence.”
“These grants will be given to law enforcement so they can hire and consult with mental health professionals to better determine which cases need to be acted upon,” Graham said Monday. “This grant program also requires robust due process and judicial review. It does allow for quick action.”
Blumenthal in a statement Monday said that he and Graham have been working on developing an “Emergency Risk Protection Order” statute since the last Congress.
“We will be finalizing details for this bill and reaching out to colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the coming days and weeks,” Blumenthal said. “I look forward to introducing final legislation with Senator Graham in the very near future.”
Graham said that he spoke with President Trump about the legislation on Monday morning and said “he seems very supportive.”
Graham and Blumenthal’s announcement came after Trump called for reforms Monday from the White House on mental health and gun laws.
Some Democrats have directed their ire at McConnell – who has refused votes on Democrat-supported gun control language that has passed in the House.
"Mitch McConnell needs to get off his a-- and do something,” Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, a longshot candidate for president, said in an interview on CNN.
Democratic leaders in Congress on Monday called on McConnell to allow a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate on Democratic legislation, and some have additionally called for cutting the summer recess short to address gun violence.
“In February, the new Democratic House majority promptly did its duty and passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which is supported by more than 90 percent of the American people and proven to save lives,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement after Trump’s speech. “However, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called himself the ‘grim reaper’ and refuses to act on this bipartisan legislation.”
They added: “It is incumbent upon the Senate to come back into session to pass this legislation immediately.”
Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
CNN's New Day Pushes Trump, McConnell for More Gun Control
This article was sourced from NewsBustersOn Monday's New Day, the three-hour CNN show treated viewers to a parade of one guest after another who pushed for more gun laws in reaction to the weekend's mass shootings.
Even Republican-leaning guests like CNN senior political commentator John Kasich and former Donald Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci came down on the liberal side of the issue.
No one noted the argument that the killers in both El Paso and in Dayton chose targets that were gun-free zones, or pointed out that nearly all new gun laws proposed would have had nothing to do with the circumstances of either attack.
At 6:21 a.m. Eastern, co-host John Berman hinted at Fox News's culpability in the El Paso attack by a man who espoused anti-immigrant sentiments as the CNN host suggested the right-leaning news network should ban the word "invasion" when discussing illegal immigration: "The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post is calling for a ban on assault weapons this morning. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News, they can call a ban for language like 'invasion' and 'invaders' -- that has not happened yet."
He added: "So perhaps trying to have it a little bit of both ways."
After senior political analyst John Avlon misleadingly complained that President Trump "overturned an Obama-era ban on the mentally ill getting weapons, a background check that was in place," Berman began complaining about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's history of resisting new gun control: "The Senate on its plate has two bipartisan gun control measures that were passed in the House."
After noting proposals to require background checks for nearly all private gun transfers, and an extension of the time a background check is allowed to take, he noted that such measures have passed the House, and then added: "I don't know if it will pass the Senate. I do know that it hasn't had a vote because Mitch McConnell has chosen not to allow the Senate to vote on these measures which by no means are the most restrictive gun control measures."
As the show progressed, a number of guests pushed for more gun control. CNN contributor and former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum talked up more background checks and a ban on "assault-style weapons," and derided the view that allowing more gun rights might have impacted the shootings:
And I don't want to hear anybody say anything about good people being able to have a gun and respond to these incidents. It took 30 seconds for nine people to be killed and over 20 other folks to be injured last night -- 30 seconds before law enforcement to respond. That's the quickest response that any of us could have asked for.
In the same segment, CNN contributor and former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) called for President Trump to talk McConnell into supporting more gun laws.
As Republican guest Scaramucci appeared during the 7:00 a.m. hour, he also argued for more gun control. After deriding the NRA as "an emperor without clothing," he asserted that Trump should press congressional Republicans for more gun restrictions: "Just tell these guys we're going for universal background checks and end the political nonsense -- 75 percent of the American people are in support of that -- that's your coalition."
Shortly after 8:00 a.m., Kasich called for a nationwide "red flag law" and more background checks. He soon fretted that the media will not put pressure on politicians long enough to get new gun control passed: "You have a narrow window because, as you know, John, over time, the media will change its emphasis, we'll get past this one, and then we'll say, 'What did we do?' This is the time to act all across America."
He soon added: "If the media will remain focused on this and not drift away from this over the period of the next seven to 10 days, I think we're going to see things happen."
A bit later, as Ohio Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Tim Ryan appeared as a guest, he received no pushback from fill-in host Erica Hill when he angrily demanded that McConnell "get off his ass" and push more gun control in the Senate.
Mexico’s President Urges US to Revisit Gun Laws After El Paso Shooting — Mexico Just Had Its Most Murderous Year on Record
This article was sourced from The Gateway PunditMexican President Lopez Obrador urged the US to revisit its gun laws after the mass shooting at the El Paso Walmart on Saturday.
Last year was Mexico’s most murderous year on record.
#NEW: Mexican Pres. Andrés Manuel López Obrador is calling on the U.S. to revisit gun control legislation following this weekend's mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which left 7 Mexican citizens dead and 7 others injured. #OANN
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) August 5, 2019
There were 25,339 homicides in Mexico last year, a 23% jump from 2016 and the highest number since at least 1997.
Maybe President Obrador should focus on his own country first before lecturing the United States.
The Hill reported:
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday urged the United States to revisit gun control legislation following the deadly mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
“We’re very respectful of what other governments decide, but we think that these lamentable events that occurred in the United Sates should lead to reflection, analysis and the decision to control the indiscriminate sale of arms,” López Obrador said at a press conference in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
Dayton shooter Connor Betts was in a ‘pornogrind’ metal band: report
This article was sourced from NYpost
Dayton mass shooter Connor Betts was reportedly the lead singer of a misogynistic “pornogrind” metal band called Menstrual Munchies — which released songs about rape, murder, necrophilia and other gruesome acts against women.
“I feel s–tty having let him be in the band, doing those lyrics,” said bandmate Jesse Creekbaum in an interview with VICE News. “It’s like, Jesus Christ, how much of this was like real life for him?”
Betts, 24, slaughtered nine people on Sunday — including his own sister — with an AR-style rifle before being killed by police. He also managed to wound 27.
“I know, like, whereas I saw it as a joke — like, ‘Let’s play this and we’ll shock some people,’ and then the people that we know laugh — he didn’t see it as a joke,” Creekbaum said. “He was like, ‘F–k, yeah. We’re gonna do this.’”
Pornogrind, according to Creekbaum and others in the music scene, is a subgenre of heavy metal similar to “goregrind” — but with more sexual violence.
“It’s just the music we love, you know, like, it’s fun to play. It’s energetic and there’s nothing else like it. So we play it,” said Zach Walton, member of the pornogrind band Groin Mallet. “And then we get people like this, who, you know, are f–king sick in the head, who get into our scene and ended up killing nine people and almost, you know, putting a bad name on our scene. And that’s not fair for the rest of us.”
Walton, 29, told VICE that he’s booked Menstrual Munchies, a three-man group with Betts doing vocals, at the venue he owns in Columbia, Missouri.
The band has released albums and songs with extremely violent and sexually explicit titles, such as “6 Ways of Female Butchery” and “Sexual Abuse Of A Teenage Corpse.” Creekbaum was trying his best to scrub them from the internet on Monday.
“I took it all down. I’m trying to get everyone I know to take all of it down,” he said. “I don’t want to be associated with it. I don’t want it blowing up. I don’t want him romanticized. I don’t want any of this romanticized. I want people to erase him from history.”
The band’s pages were wiped from YouTube and Facebook, though their songs and videos still remained on other websites and pages Monday. One clip, posted on the Troll Trax, showed Betts and another bandmember performing outside in ski masks and dresses.
Other members of the metal scene were denouncing Betts and distancing themselves from him on social media.
“OH TURNS OUT THE DAYTON SHOOTER WAS LITERALLY CONNOR F–KING BETTS,” wrote the band Neckbeard Deathcamp in a since-deleted tweet. “I DON’T KNOW IF I WOULD USE THE TERM LEFTIST TO DESIGNATE ONE OF THE DUDES IN MENSTRUAL MUNCHIES. ANTIFASCIST SURE. BUT NOT GREAT WITH WOMEN.”
The band added, “JUST ANOTHER DIME A DOZEN OHIO GRIND DUDE WHO CAPED PROGRESSIVE POLITICS WHILE TREATING WOMEN LIKE SHIT.”
Pornogrind rocker Ryan Ward asked the public to not look down upon the industry or its fans.
“I feel it’s our responsibility to make it a point to let people know that, no, this is not what we actually stand for,” he told VICE. “Our songs aren’t prophecies, you know, like, they’re not f–king, ominous f–king messages that are supposed to come true. They’re just songs.”
Betts was described by his bandmate as a loner who spoke about being depressed. Creekbaum confirmed reports of the alleged “hit-lists” Betts made of classmates he wanted to rape, kill and skin — saying the young man told him about them.
“I think he decided that he was going to kill himself, and he was like, ‘I don’t have the balls to do it’ and he drew a gun,” Creekbaum said.
People who went to high school with Betts said he often spoke about his violent fantasies.
“He knew it wasn’t normal,” recalled one student.
This article was sourced from Foxnews