‘Prohibition of assault weapons won’t get 50 votes’, challenges Lindsey Graham Schumer to bring measures to Senate
“Prohibition of assault weapons won’t get 50 votes!” Lindsey Graham challenges Leader Schumer to bring measures to the Senate floor – while Chris Murphy insists Dems’s best shot at gun control is universal background checks
- South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham challenged Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer to vote on bill banning assault weapons
- “I would challenge Senator Schumer to bring the assault weapons ban to the ground … It won’t get 50 votes, let alone 60,” he told Fox News Sunday morning.
- 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.
- Calls for an assault weapons ban come amid successive mass shootings earlier this month in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado.
Lindsey Graham challenged Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer to bring a bill banning assault weapons to the upper room floor, claiming it will fail.
“I challenge Senator Schumer to bring the United States Senate’s ban on assault weapons under the ground. It won’t get 50 votes, let alone 60, ”the South Carolina senator told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
“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 on it,” Graham said. “I welcome that debate.”
With a 50-50 Senate split, just one Democrat defector could derail any bill – and if done through reconciliation, the party should convince 10 Republican senators to vote with them on restricting gun rights.
President Joe Biden last week called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the wake of successive mass shootings.
Lindsey Graham challenged Senate Leader Chuck Schumer to launch a bill banning assault weapons: ‘It won’t get 50 votes, let alone 60’
The White House says they are open to executive action, but they would rather see Congress deal with gun control in the US in a more ‘permanent’ way.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said it is more likely that a bill will be passed to tighten 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.
In fact, he admitted that he had one of the GOP’s biggest “ slippery slopes ” arguments, but that background checks could lead to bigger reforms and restrictions on 2nd Amendment rights.
“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.
A shooting earlier this month in three massage parlors in the Atlanta, Georgia area by a single gunman killed eight people – six of whom were Asian Americans, sparking a national debate about racism and violence against the Asian community in The United States.
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.
Less than a week later, a gunman opened fire in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people.
The two shootings have sparked renewed enthusiasm from progressives calling on Congress to enact more gun control laws – especially regarding so-called “ assault rifles. ”
Graham defended Americans who own guns that the Left is trying to ban, and claims that if a gang came to his neighborhood, they would be the last to attack his home because he could defend himself.
The senator said he supports addressing issues involving people with mental health problems who want to buy a firearm and that he implements and supports existing red flag laws.