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Senate passes bipartisan gun violence bill

The Senate has approved a bipartisan gun violence bill after multiple mass shootings across the US, including one at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers.

According to the Associated Press, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 65 to 33 on Thursday night and will now go to the House of Representatives for approval. If passed by Parliament, the $13 billion law would tighten background checks on young gun buyers, help discourage domestic violence offenders from buying guns, issue warning signs to speed up the process of confiscating firearms from dangerous people and fund mental health programs and school safety across the country.

Fifteen Republicans joined all 50 Senate Democrats in voting “yes” to the bill, which is the first major federal law against gun violence in decades. The effort was led by Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn. (Pictured above), Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., John Cornyn, R-Texas and Thom Tillis, RN.C.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement to the AP, “This is not a panacea for all of the effects of gun violence on our nation. But it’s a long overdue step in the right direction. Passing this Gun Safety Act is truly significant and will save lives.”

Minority leader Mitch McConnell told the AP that “the American people want their constitutional rights protected and their children safe in school,” referring to the second amendment. He added that Americans “want both at once, and that’s what the Senate bill will have achieved.”

https://variety.com/2022/politics/news/senate-passes-gun-violence-bill-1235302348/ Senate passes bipartisan gun violence bill

Charles Jones

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