Former President Donald Trump criticized his longtime adversary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a post on his Truth Social platform after McConnell voted with Democrats to move debate on new federal gun regulations.
Trump’s post began, “Mitch McConnell’s push for Republican Senators to vote for Gun Control will be the final straw.”
“Just like he gave away the Debt Ceiling and got NOTHING in return, or handed the Dems a great sound bite and victory with the Infrastructure Bill, which is actually all about the Green New Deal, he is now forcing approval of the FIRST STEP IN TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS! Republican Senators SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS CAREER ENDING BILL!!!” he wrote.
McConnell was one of fourteen Republican senators who signed on with Democrats to begin discussions on new federal gun control legislation that is likely to include an incentive for more states to pass so-called “red flag laws” that allow courts to order police to seize firearms from individuals deemed to be a risk. Critics have criticized such regulations as flagrantly unconstitutional, as they deprive individuals their rights to due process and gun ownership.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declared 9-0 that it was illegal for police to examine and take a person’s firearms under the red flag legislation.
McConnell stated that he supported a bill drafted by one of his closest lieutenants, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas).
According to The Hill, McConnell said in a statement, “I support the bill text that Senator Cornyn and our colleagues have produced. For years, the far left falsely claimed that Congress could only address the terrible issue of mass murders by trampling on law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights.”
“This bill proves that false,” he continued. “Our colleagues have put together a commonsense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
The Hill adds:
McConnell’s support indicates the bill has a chance of garnering support from additional Senate Republicans who had not already endorsed the bill’s framework.
Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) predicted the legislation would pass and noted that 10 Republican senators signed off on the bipartisan framework underlying the bill earlier this month.
“My assumption is that based on that fact that they had 60 votes for the framework that they’ll have enough to pass,” he said.
In addition to McConnell and Cornyn, the other GOP senators who voted in favor of the legislation were Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. Shelley Capito of West Virginia, Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Sen. Todd Young of Indiana, The Washington Times reported.
“The tragedies that have impacted far too many of our communities deserve all of our attention,” Sen. Capito said. “That’s why I have encouraged bipartisan discussions. … My vote this evening is a vote to continue this critically important debate because it’s a debate worth having.”
The National Rifle Association is warning that the legislation, as it is written, could be abused. Read more…