Lindsey Graham defends the right to own an assault weapon and says he would be willing to ‘pluck’ marauding gangs with his AR-15 in the event of a natural disaster
- Lindsey Graham defended the right to possess assault weapons
- ‘I have an AR-15. … I can defend myself, ”he told Fox News on Sunday
- Debate on the ban on assault weapons, renewed after shootings in Atlanta, Boulder
- Graham said any attempt to ban assault weapons ‘won’t get 50 votes, let alone 60’ on the Senate floor
- Some lawmakers pushing for universal background checks
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham defended the right to possess assault weapons, stating that he had an AR-15 and that he was willing to use it to defend his home.
Graham, a conservative Republican who was a close ally of Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, said he possessed the deadly weapon to fight any gangs that would come to his neighborhood in the event of a natural disaster in his home state.
‘I have an AR-15. If there is a natural disaster in South Carolina where the police cannot protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last the gang comes to because I can defend myself. You don’t have to have an AR-15, but if you legally have one I think you can keep it, ”he told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham defended the right to possess assault weapons and stated that he had an AR-15 and that he was willing to use it
Graham made his statement after Wallace asked him to debate banning assault weapons, particularly large-capacity magazines, which studies show contribute to mass shootings.
The gun rights debate returned to the national vanguard after murders in Atlanta, where eight died, including six Asian women, and Boulder, Colorado, where ten people died.
Progressive parties renew their call for a ban on assault weapons in the aftermath of the latest mass shootings.
President Joe Biden, meanwhile, called on Congress to pass legislation that improves background checks. The House passed universal background checks earlier this month, but that legislation is not expected to pass in the Senate.
Biden, who is using an executive order to deal with gun violence, also expressed confidence on Sunday that reasonable legislation could be passed. He pointed out that the only ban on assault weapons was when he was in the Senate.
“I’m the only one who ever made them pass, man,” Biden said. “The only gun control law ever passed is mine. It’s going to happen again. ‘
Congress narrowly passed a ban on assault weapons in 1994, when Biden was a senator, but it expired in 2005. Attempts to renew it in Congress have been unsuccessful.
Graham said any attempt to ban assault weapons “will not get 50 votes, let alone 60” on the Senate floor. In the Senate, 60 votes are required to move legislation from debate to final passage.
Graham said the shootings “have a lot to do with mental health.”
‘You can count on me to tackle that problem. Red flag laws exist in 19 states. There are some things we can do. But at the end of the day, if you think an assault weapons ban is what the country needs, take it to the United States Senate floor and vote. I welcome that debate, ”he said.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said the best way to open up the GOP to gun control law is to pass a background check bill first.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a close ally of Biden, said the Senate is likely to get a bill on tightening background checks.
“Right now, our best chance of getting anything successful is universal background checks,” Murphy told NBC’s Meet the Press presenter Chuck Todd Sunday morning.
He said this is a first step that could lead to additional legislation.
“Once we convince the Republicans that the sky won’t fall for you politically if you support a reasonable extension of something like background checks, you can switch to other interventions,” Murphy said.
He expressed the hope that gun ownership politics was changing.
“I think politics has changed dramatically,” said Murphy. “I’ve gotten calls from the GOP in the Senate who no longer want to fight this fight because the authority of the NRA is diminishing, the impact of the anti-gun movement is increasing. I think we have a chance. ‘
Murphy has proposed legislation, the Background Check Expansion Act, that would extend a background check requirement to unlicensed and private firearms sellers before selling a firearm. Current federal law does not require unlicensed sellers to perform background checks.