While most of the country was reacting to Roe V Wade being overturned, our legislature was busy crafting new legislation that undermines constitutional freedoms…the House of Representatives was voting on new gun legislation.
Following the Senate’s lead, The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan gun control package Friday which will now be sent to Biden’s desk to be signed.

GOP Sen John Cornyn, who worked on the bill with Democrats, continues to defend his role in helping put forth new gun legislation,

The U.S. Senate voted 65-33 late Thursday night, in favor of the gun control bill after a month of negotiations.
15 Republicans, sided with Democrats – including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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While in the house the measure passed by 234 to 193 votes with the support of 14 Republicans including 2 members of the January 6 committee – Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – also Reps. Tom Rice, John Katko, Maria Salazr, Chris Jacobs, Brian Fitzpatrick, Peter Meijer, Fred Upton, Steve Chabot, Mike Turner, David Joyce, Athony Gonzalez of Ohio and Tony Gonzalez.

Democrats voted in unison for the legislation and celebrated when it was passed.
The bill is considered the most significant firearms legislation passed in years.

Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern initiated the debate on the House floor Friday morning, speculating on whether he could find common ground with the Republicans. He went on to commend Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham and asked other Republicans to join them in selling out their base.

‘I know I’m asking you to vote against your party’s leadership. I know that’s a tough spot to put some of my Republican friends in. But I think at the end of the day, you owe yourself to consider this one idea: what if this bill stops even one mass shooting from happening?’ McGovern said.

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After the vote passed, Nancy Pelosi embraced her colleagues and smiled saying,
‘This is a very special occasion for us. We are honoring a promise in honor of all those who have lost loved ones to gun violence,’ Pelosi said. ‘The Congress sends to the president now our nation’s first major gun safety legislation in three decades.’

‘So now I’m honored to sign the legislation, to send it to the President – right away – for his signature, with gratitude for his leadership in gun violence prevention for decades,’ Pelosi said.

Senator Rodger Marshal was a voice of dissent, refusing to give way like many Republican Representatives and Senators.

‘Kansans expect me to protect their Constitutional freedoms in the U.S. Senate, and I will not sacrifice those freedoms for this gun grabbing scheme.’ said Senator Roger Marshal. Sen Marshal disagreed with Mitch McConnell who argued that the gun package would have no impact on Americans’ Second Amendment rights,

‘Bipartisan talks had started up after horrifying mass murder incidents in the past, but collapsed when Senate Democrats insisted on attacking the Second Amendment,’ but ‘This time was different because Democrats finally moved our way and accepted the reality that Americans do not have to choose between their constitutional rights and safer communities. They can have both,’ McConnell said.

The 80-pages of legislation headed to Biden’s desk provides $750 million to 19 states that have ‘red flag’ laws. Red flag laws allow for firearms to be temporarily taken from people deemed dangerous, and provides funds for states with violence prevention programs.
The legislation will make background checks tougher for young gun buyers, beef up penalties for gun traffickers, and strengthen background check requirements.

Rand Paul points out that rather than persistently enforcing existing gun laws, states add red flag laws to confiscate guns by trying to predict crime in advance, he eloquently points out the numerous constitutional issues with red flag laws.

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