Bipartisan: Mitch McConnell Instructs Cornyn To Find A Path Towards Gun Control

By Charles Susswein | Sunday, 29 May 2022 05:15
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to begin conversations with Democratic senators about gun laws to see if any common ground can be found between the two sides.

McConnell inspired Cornyn to have conversations with Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and see if he can find common ground with them on legislation relating to guns after 19 children and two teachers were murdered inside a Uvalde, Texas elementary school on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Cornyn verified that the senator had a conversation with McConnell.

McConnell explained to CNN on Thursday that he is "hopeful" that a bipartisan solution can be found.

"I met with Sen. Cornyn this morning. As you know he went home yesterday to see the family members and begin the fact-finding of this awful massacre and I have encouraged him to talk with Sen. Murphy and Sen. Sinema and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that is directly related to the problem. I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution," McConnell stated.

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Cornyn explained to CNN that he wants to work with the Democratic senators, yet announced that he won't use the shooting as an "excuse" to infringe on the Second Amendment.

"There's a whole list of things that we can consider, but I think particularly mental health, access to mental health treatment is high on that list," Cornyn stated. "I think we need to be open to whatever, wherever the evidence leads us. I would say that this is not an excuse to infringe the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens doing that will do nothing to fix tragedies like this."

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According to the report, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that he wants to give some time for negotiations, yet continued that he wants to see results in a timely manner.

"We have to try everything. We must not leave a single stone unturned," he stated. "This is not an invitation to negotiate indefinitely. Make no mistake about it, if these negotiations do not bear fruit in a short period of time, the Senate will vote on gun safety legislation."

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The conversations come days after Salvador Ramos supposedly entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and committed the mass shooting.

Throughout an address after the shooting, President Biden announced that the nation needs tighter gun laws.

"Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with it and stand up to the lobbies?," Biden stated. "It’s time to turn this pain into action."

He further sent a message to "those who obstruct or delay or block the common-sense gun laws."

"We need to let you know that we will not forget," Biden announced.

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